Ted Cruz’s proposal for Iran: End the talks, impose new sanctions
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) are hoping to slam the door on the Obama administration’s ongoing effort to negotiate a nuclear agreement with Iran, and replace that effort with tough new sanctions that would be mandated by a new bill and could only be lifted if Iran abandons its nuclear program and renounces terrorism.
Their legislation is a rebuke to the administration’s effort, and a signal that Obama’s opponents will continue to call for a much tougher stance with Iran — one that essentially calls for treating Iran like an enemy nation instead of a possible negotiating partner.
“As the self-perpetuating negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program drag on, it is time for a moment of clarity,” said Cruz. “It is time to tell the American people the truth.”
“These talks are not going to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, from getting a nuclear weapon,” he added. “The Obama administration is circumventing the will of the American people, who do not support this deal.”
Franks said the Obama administration is continuing to try negotiations with a country even in the face of “mounting evidence that Tehran is not negotiating in good faith.”
“If Tehran is genuine about rejoining the family of nations as a respectable member, then it must demonstrate that with action,” he said. “Until then, the United States cannot naïvely pursue a policy with the Iranian regime that is all carrot and no stick.”
Under the bill, all sanctions that the Obama administration has relaxed would be reimposed, and new sanctions would be created to hit Iran’s petrochemical and auto sectors. More