Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran

High-profile members of the House and Senate GOP applauded the Trump administration’s move Monday to cancel some civil-nuclear waivers for Iran but called for a complete end to the program, which they say enables Tehran’s pursuit of a nuclear weapon.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzHouston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence FBI head rejects claims of Ukrainian 2016 interference GOP counsel says both Ukraine, Russia interfered in 2016 U.S. elections MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham: FBI investigation in 2016 turned into a 'criminal conspiracy' This week: House impeachment inquiry hits crucial stretch Senate braces for brawl on Trump impeachment rules MORE (R-S.C.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE (R-Wy.) said the U.S. should end sanctions relief for nuclear activity at its Fordow and Arak nuclear plants.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoHillicon Valley: Amazon alleges Trump interfered in Pentagon contract to hurt Bezos | Federal council warns Trump of cyber threats to infrastructure | China to remove foreign technology from government offices Trump, Russian foreign minister to meet Tuesday Impeachment, Ukraine, Syria and warheads color Washington visit by top Russian diplomat MORE announced on Monday that the U.S. will impose sanctions over Iran’s escalation of uranium enrichment at its Fordow facility, expected to go into effect on Dec. 15.

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“We applaud President TrumpDonald John TrumpLawmakers release defense bill with parental leave-for-Space-Force deal House Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment Tuesday Houston police chief excoriates McConnell, Cornyn and Cruz on gun violence MORE and Secretary of State Pompeo for today's news that the Trump administration will finally end the waiver for civil nuclear work at Iran's Fordow facility,” the lawmakers said in a statement.

“The administration should now end the waivers for the remaining projects related to the deal, especially the Arak reactor, Iran's heavy water reactor,” they added.

The Senate and GOP lawmakers last week introduced legislation calling for an end to the civil-nuclear program with Iran.

Tehran has pushed the bounds of its commitments to the Iranian nuclear deal it maintains with Europe with the announcement of increased uranium enrichment activity at Fordow.

A statement last week by the foreign ministers of the U.K., France, Germany and the EU said Iran’s actions are “inconsistent” with its commitments to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or nuclear deal.