Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Sunday criticized an agreement reached with Iran to curb that country’s nuclear program as “backwards” and argued the Obama administration should reconsider its policy toward Tehran.
“The administration has gotten it backwards and it is time to reverse course before any further damage is done,” Cruz said in a statement.
The Texas Republican argued that according to the terms of the agreement reached Saturday, Iran will benefit from sanctions relief while it avoids destroying centrifuges or getting rid of its enriched uranium, which could eventually be used to arm a nuclear weapon.
He added that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “correctly identified [the deal] as an ‘historic mistake.'”
“All the smiling embraces between diplomats after the interim deal was signed notwithstanding, the Iranian regime remains a brutal and oppressive dictatorship that pursues nuclear weapons for the purpose of dominating the Middle East and threatening America and our allies, notably Israel,” Cruz said in the statement.