It’s Time to End the Charade and Dismantle the Iran Nuclear Deal Completely

As member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I issued a statement today in response to reports Iran will expand its violation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by building prohibited centrifuges:

Iran has announced they will expand their open violations of the catastrophic Obama-Iran nuclear deal by accelerating centrifuge research, piling on other open violations including related to enrichment. Unfortunately, the international community seems loathe to respond. The deal was built to enable undetected Iranian cheating while incentivizing Europe to ignore whatever violations were found, and that's exactly what happened. The Nuclear Archives seized by Israel show that the Ayatollahs have always been cheating by secretly maintaining a warehouse filled with nuclear equipment and radioactive material. Just this week we learned Iran is refusing to answer the U.N.'s questions about that warehouse.

It's time to end the charade and dismantle the deal completely. President Trump should order his administration to stop issuing civil nuclear waivers, which allow Iran to build up its nuclear program, including at their Fordow nuclear bunker, which they dug out of the side of a mountain to build nuclear weapons. We should also immediately go to the United Nations and invoke our unilateral right to snap back from the deal and re-impose United Nations sanctions. Otherwise, we will very soon face a reality in which all international sanctions have been permanently lifted against Iran, which would be a disaster for the security of Americans and our allies.

 

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