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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 CruzTrump banking proposal on fossil fuels sparks backlash from libertarians Former CIA head, Cruz trade jabs over killing of Iranian nuclear scientist: 'You are unworthy to represent the good people of Texas' O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamIs Trump headed to another campaign or to a courtroom? Biden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden MORE (R-S.C.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyPressure grows from GOP for Trump to recognize Biden election win Trump: Liz Cheney's election remarks sparked by push to bring US troops home Biden's lead over Trump surpasses 6M votes as more ballots are tallied 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 PompeoBiden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden faces challenges, opportunities in Middle East O'Brien on 2024 talk: 'There's all kinds of speculation out there' 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 TrumpTrump rages against '60 Minutes' for interview with Krebs Cornyn spox: Neera Tanden has 'no chance' of being confirmed as Biden's OMB pick Pa. lawmaker was informed of positive coronavirus test while meeting with Trump: report 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.