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 CruzOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week Here's evidence the Senate confirmation process is broken MORE (R-Texas), Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (R-S.C.) and House Republican Conference Chairwoman Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Goldman Sachs - Tokyo Olympics kick off with 2020-style opening ceremony The Hill's Morning Report - Pelosi considers adding GOP voices to Jan. 6 panel Democrats plow ahead with Jan. 6 probe, eyeing new GOP reinforcements 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 PompeoMike PompeoNoem to travel to South Carolina for early voting event Poll: Trump leads 2024 GOP primary trailed by Pence, DeSantis Pence v. Biden on China: Competing but consistent visions 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 TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix 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.