Senator Cruz: Iran deal 'truly catastrophic'

Texas Senator praises Netanyahu’s revelations about Iran, calls on Trump to pull out from the deal.

Elad Benari,

Ted Cruz
Ted Cruz
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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Monday blasted the 2015 nuclear deal signed between Iran and world powers, following Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s revelations that the Islamic Republic has continued developing nuclear weapons.

“Today’s stunning revelations by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu powerfully demonstrate why the Obama Iran nuclear deal is not just unfixable, but truly catastrophic,” said Cruz in a statement.

“The Prime Minister’s presentation was remarkable—unprecedented—and worth watching in full. Through extraordinary intelligence operations, Israeli agents captured over 100,000 secret documents and files from Iran. These Iranian documents prove that (1) for two decades, Iran has conducted a clandestine nuclear weapons program; (2) Iran lied repeatedly, and brazenly, denying that secret program; (3) the Obama nuclear deal was predicated on that edifice of lies; and (4) Iran is today in violation of that deal,” he continued.

“The national security consequences of the Obama Iranian nuclear deal are twofold: First, America has allowed billions of dollars to flow to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, a nation directly responsible for the murder of hundreds of U.S. servicemen and women. And second, those billions of dollars have also propped up a despotic regime and provided vast resources for ongoing ballistic missile tests designed to enable Iran to launch a nuclear weapon on the American homeland.”

“In light of these astonishing Israeli revelations, the course before President Trump is clear. As the President has said repeatedly, this deal is a ‘terrible deal,’ even worse than many previously realized,” said Cruz.

“The United States should therefore withdraw immediately, re-impose crushing sanctions, work to encourage our allies to do the same, and do everything necessary to ensure that the Ayatollah Khamenei never — never — acquires the nuclear weapons to make good on his pledge of ‘death to America,’” concluded the Texas senator.

In a televised address earlier on Monday, Netanyahu revealed intelligence from Iran's secret nuclear files, noting that "Iran lied big time" when its leaders denied that the Islamic Republic had a program to develop nuclear weapons.

The Prime Minister noted that after it signed the nuclear deal in 2015, Iran intensified its efforts to hide its secret nuclear files. He also pointed out that “in 2017, Iran moved its nuclear weapons files to a highly secret location in Tehran".

Netanyahu addressed U.S. President Donald Trump's upcoming decision on whether to remain in the Iran nuclear deal or not and said that he believed that Trump would withdraw from the deal.

"I am sure he will do the right thing, the right thing for the United States, the right thing for Israel, and the right thing for the peace of the world."

Trump has set a deadline of May 12 for Europe to fix the flaws of the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal.

The president praised Netanyahu’s speech earlier on Monday, saying it "sends the right message" on Iran's nuclear program, but refused to say whether he would withdraw from the nuclear deal.


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