Ted CruzTed CruzCruz-backed candidate wins GOP primary in Colorado Trump hires Rand Paul's former digital director: report Trump camp slating major sports figures for convention: report MORE is blaming former President Clinton's policies for North Korea allegedly carrying out its first successful test of a hydrogen bomb.
Cruz ties Bill Clinton to North Korea nuke test
"It’s worth remembering, North Korea was able to obtain nuclear weapons because of an agreement negotiated by the Clinton administration," the Texas senator said in a Wednesday statement. "The Clinton administration led the world in relaxing sanctions against North Korea."
The North Korean government announced Wednesday morning that it had successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. While the White House has disputed that claim, if true, it would violate United Nations Security Council resolutions and mark an advancement in the country's nuclear abilities.
The foreign policy scuffle comes as the former president is expected to stump for his wife's White House campaign in Iowa on Thursday.
Cruz, who is running for the Republican presidential nomination, sought to link President Obama to the Clintons while speaking in Iowa, citing the "Clinton-Obama-Clinton foreign policy."
"Stretching from the Clinton administration to the Obama administration to Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonAmbassador's sister: I don't blame Clinton for Benghazi Clinton to Trump supporters: 'Don’t look for easy answers' Seven key findings in the Benghazi report MORE as secretary of State, consistently makes the same mistakes over and over again," he added Wednesday.
Cruz said that while North Korea potentially testing a hydrogen bomb is dangerous, the negative impacts of the Iran nuclear deal under a potential Hillary Clinton administration would be significantly worse.
"If Hillary Clinton is elected president we will see a nuclear test from Iran," he told reporters. "The test may be in the skies of a populated city, whether Tel Aviv or New York or Los Angeles."