The Obama administration and international monitors have said the deal itself is achieving its goal of curbing Iran's nuclear program. "It has now been well over a year since the agreement with Iran to stop its nuclear program was signed," President Barack Obama said at a news conference last week. "And by all accounts, it has worked exactly the way we said it was going to work."
The Defense Department executive summary mentioned the nuclear agreement but offered no assessment of Iran's compliance with it. Instead, it said President Hassan Rouhani has sought to avoid antagonizing the U.S. while Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei "harbors a longstanding, deep skepticism of U.S. intentions."
The report also reiterated points from last year's review, saying Iran continues to seek to control strategic "avenues of approach," including the narrow Strait of Hormuz connecting the Persian Gulf to the Arabian Sea, and is pressing ahead with covert activities. Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps is still trying to improve its ability to "support and carry out" terrorist attacks that advance its interests, the Defense Department said.