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.

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“We applaud President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeWine tests negative for coronavirus a second time Several GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Beirut aftermath poses test for US aid to frustrating ally 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.