Our number one national security priority must be to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat terrorism at home and abroad. In order to do that, we must be tough and smart. That means working with our allies abroad, providing our law enforcement and intelligence agencies the support they need to identify dangerous individuals before they commit horrific crimes, and strengthening our diplomatic capabilities to advance American foreign policy.
ISIS poses a serious threat to our national security, our allies, and our broader security interests in the region. We must work with our allies to strengthen intelligence and counter-terrorism efforts and form strong partnerships with coalition forces to selectively target and weaken ISIS strongholds.
I remain steadfastly committed to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran. While imperfect, the Iran Nuclear Deal is the best approach to verifiably ensure that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon. But much more work lies ahead. We must do everything we can to provide our inspectors with the resources they need to monitor the country and to snap back nuclear-related sanctions on Iran if they cheat on the agreement in any way.
In the year since the JCPOA was reached, the United States and our international allies have verifiably reduced Iran’s ability to produce a nuclear weapon. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed that Iran has ceased uranium enrichment, reduced its uranium stockpile, and dismantled two-thirds of its installed centrifuges. Because of the nuclear agreement, Iran is further away from developing a nuclear weapon than they were one year ago.