According to a CNN report, John Kerry admitted that some of the $150 billion given to Iran will be invested into state-sponsored terrorism. The Obama administration, in a nuclear deal with Iran, cleared the way for sanctions to be lifted, and for billions of U.S. dollars to be funneled to Iran. The admission came after Kerry was asked if the money given from the Iran deal would make it into the hands of terrorists.
Kerry reportedly said that there was nothing that could prevent those funds from falling into the hands of terrorists. “I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists … You know, to some degree, I’m not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented.”
As the deal was being drawn up, critics contended the funds sent would undoubtedly end up in the hands of terrorist groups, making the Obama administration complicit in state-sponsored terrorism. Ironically, while President Obama maintains a position that Bashar al Assad must step down as the president of Syria, Iran is a bulwark for Assad. Thus, the money given to Iran will likely go into the hands of militants fighting the U.S. and coalition forces. If that happened the U.S. would, in essence, be paying Iran to attack U.S. forces, or at the very least, attack U.S. foreign policy interests. Kerry responded to that possibility.
“There is no way they can succeed in what they want to do if they are very busy funding a lot of terrorism,” he said. “If we catch them funding terrorism, they are going to have a problem with the United States Congress and other people, obviously … We are confident that this will not result in an increase somehow in the threat to any partner or any friend in the region.”