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John Kerry: Fight Against ISIS Won't Be Won Overnight

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By    |   Thursday, 05 Jan 2017 12:32 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry conceded the fight against ISIS will take years to win.

"The fight against ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, also known as ISIS] and violent extremism more broadly is a generational challenge that cannot be won overnight," Kerry said in an exit memo posted on the state departments website.

"It will require efforts on the battlefield and online, today and in years to come. But I am absolutely confident that, working with our coalition partners, we will win this fight and ISIL will be defeated."

Kerry praised the Obama administration for the Iran nuclear agreement.

Before the agreement, he said, Iran was less than 90 days away from "having the material necessary to produce one nuclear weapon."

Today, he notes, it is at least a year away "and the unprecedented transparency measures allow us to know almost immediately if Iran fails to comply, giving us plenty of time to act."

But he warned against the danger of North Korea's nuclear program, saying: "The threat posed by North Korea's nuclear program is among the gravest our country faces today.

"The United States does not, and never will, accept North Korea as a nuclear state."

But Kerry concluded his memo, which outlined the Obama administrations worldwide diplomatic efforts, on a positive note: "Despite the problems we face in the world, I firmly believe that we should look to the future with every ounce of optimism that has always inspired and energized our nation."

Meanwhile, The Washington Post noted a poignant quality to Kerry's statements, "as many of the very policies he championed could soon be discarded or weakened."

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