The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) reported Jan. 16 that Iran had met its initial nuclear commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Accordingly, “Implementation Day” was reached and the P5+1 lifted nuclear-related sanctions on Iran. The Iranian market has now reopened for business and Tehran has gained access to over $100 billion in previously frozen assets.
This is a dangerous moment for America and its allies as Iran regains strength and acquires the resources to expand its military capabilities. To confront the threats Tehran poses, Congress and the president must exercise robust oversight of Iran's behavior and respond to any Iranian violations of the JCPOA or United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCR) with certain, swift and severe penalties.
In addition, Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terror and a gross violator of human rights. Through its terrorist proxies, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Iranian regime is supporting terrorist groups that have carried out attacks on American troops and Israeli civilians. The United States must confront Iran’s continued support for terrorism and its regional malign activities, and take firm action to support our regional allies, especially Israel.