– U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz,
R-Texas, has introduced
S. Res. 328, which would require that Iran immediately and without
conditions release all United States citizens unjustly detained in Iran and
publicly affirm the right of Israel to exist as a Jewish state before any
further negotiations between Iran and the United States. Co-sponsors include
Sens. Jim Inhofe, Pat Roberts and Orrin Hatch.
In November, the United States agreed to a Joint Plan of Action outlining first step, voluntary measures that will be taken over six months providing Iran about $7 billion in relief from economic sanctions, while extracting no substantive concessions from Iran regarding its nuclear program. Iran’s nuclear development is the gravest national security threat to the United States, yet the deal struck doesn’t require Iran to dismantle a single centrifuge or turn over a single pound of enriched uranium.
“The Iranians have yet to implement any of the interim agreement requirements set over a month ago,” Sen. Roberts said. “To expect the Iranians will do more in six months is foolish. The Administration should be protecting our greatest ally in the region and demanding Iranians publically state their acceptance for the State of
Additionally, representatives of the United States involved in these negotiations, failed to rebuke their Iranian counterparts for their vicious rhetoric against Israel, one of our closest allies, or raise the issue of the United States citizens imprisoned in Iran, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Robert Levinson, declaring such issues "on the margins" of the nuclear negotiations.
"Our commitment to the security of
Last September, Sen. Cruz introduced S. Res. 252 calling for the same conditions to be met prior to any future meeting between President Obama and Iran President Hasan Rouhani, while advocating for the release of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence in Iran under brutal conditions for his Christian faith.