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.

Talking Points

  1. Iran must not be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons.
    The United States must closely monitor Iranian compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action and ensure it is never permitted to acquire nuclear weapons. A nuclear-armed Iran is an existential threat to Israel and would arm the leading state sponsor of terrorism with the world’s deadliest weapon.

  2. Iran remains the leading state sponsor of terror.
    According to the U.S. State Department, Iran remains the leading state sponsor of terrorism – financing, arming and training terrorist groups operating around the world, including Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad.

  3. Iran is a gross violator of human rights
    The Iranian regime has a profound disregard for human rights: Sunni and Sufi Muslims, Christians and Bahais face daily persecution; homosexuality is punishable by death; political elections are fraudulent; media censorship is widespread and journalists, both domestic and foreign, are regularly arrested and held without trial or charge.