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Sanction Relief From Clinton-Obama Nuclear Deal Will Likely Go to Terrorists

- February 4, 2016

Secretary Of State John Kerry Conceded That Funds From Iran Sanctions Relief Are Expected To End Up In The Hands Of Terrorists. SORKIN: "Okay, so even if it's the least worst outcome, just to put a fine point on it, do you believe that any of that $55 billion ends up in the hands of terrorists?" KERRY: "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 could be prevented, but I can tell you this, right now, we are not seeing the early delivery of funds going to that kind of endeavor at this point in time. I'm sure at some point some of it will. But that has never made the difference of what is happening there. Let me give you an example. The Saudis alone spend $80 billion a year on defense. The entire gulf state community spends $130 billion a year on defense. Iran spends $15 billion a year on its military activities. So, it's so incredibly disproportionate that I believe that working with our gulf state partners, which we are going to do and which we are upgrading, we have the ability to guarantee that they will be secure, that we will stand by them even as we look for this potential of a shift in behavior. (CNBC's " Squawk Box," 1/21/16)

  • Kerry On Funds Going To Terrorists: "I'm Sure At Some Point Some Of It Will." (CNBC's "Squawk Box," 1/21/16)
  • The Associated Press Headline: "Kerry: Some Iran Sanctions Relief Likely To Go To Terrorists" (Matthew Lee, "Kerry: Some Iran Sanctions Relief Likely To Go To Terrorists," The Associated Press , 1/21/16)

"Iran's Role In Destabilizing The Middle East Has Worsened Since Signing The Nuclear Deal." (Editorial, "Iran's Congressional Veto," The Wall Street Journal, 1/4/16)

  • The Washington Post Editorial: Iran Has Aggressively Exploited Loopholes In The Deal And Tried To Create New Ones, Repeatedly Testing Ballistic Missiles Even Though The “U.N. Security Council Resolution That Was Approved In Tandem With The Nuclear Accord Explicitly Calls On Iran Not To Engage In Such Activity.” ”IRAN HAS complied with the principal terms of the nuclear agreement reached last summer, mothballing much of the infrastructure that could be used for weapons production and shipping enriched uranium out of the country. It also has aggressively exploited loopholes in the agreement and tried to create new ones. Most seriously, it has repeatedly tested ballistic missiles that could be used for carrying nuclear warheads, even though a U.N. Security Council resolution approved in tandem with the nuclear accord explicitly called on Iran not to engage in such activity.” (Editorial, “Iran Should Pay A Price For Its Ballistic Missile Tests,” Washington Post, 4/6/16)
  • The Syrian Civil War Has Increasingly Turned Into "A Proxy War Featuring Russia And Iran Against The United States And Its Allies." "Syria's conflict has devolved from peaceful protests against the government in 2011 to a violent insurgency that has drawn in numerous other countries. It's partly a civil war of government against people; partly a religious war pitting Assad's minority Alawite sect, aligned with Shiite fighters from Iran and Hezbollah in Lebanon, against Sunni rebel groups; and increasingly a proxy war featuring Russia and Iran against the United States and its allies. Whatever it is, it has so far killed 220,000 people, displaced half of the country's population, and facilitated the rise of ISIS." (Kathy Gilsinan, "The Confused Person's Guide To The Syrian Civil War," The Atlantic, 11/15/15)

After The Release Of The 10 American Sailors From Iranian Custody, The Obama Administration "The Obama Administration Has Been Eager To Claim A Diplomatic Victory." "After the return of 10 U.S. sailors from Iranian custody Wednesday morning, the Obama administration has been eager to claim a diplomatic victory. What looked like the beginning of a hostage crisis on Tuesday night, unfolding as the president gave his last State of the Union address, was instead resolved by Wednesday morning." (Eli Lake, "Kerry Thanks Iran For Resolving The Crisis It Created," Bloomberg View, 1/14/16)

  • "Iran's Handling Of The Situation Violated International Norms, And To Pretend Otherwise Is … To Define Deviancy Down" "But trumpeting this as a diplomatic success also presents a moral hazard. Iran's handling of the situation violated international norms, and to pretend otherwise is -- to borrow a phrase from sociology -- to define deviancy down." (Eli Lake, "Kerry Thanks Iran For Resolving The Crisis It Created," Bloomberg View, 1/14/16)

Clinton Has Touted Her Involvement In Beginning The Iran Nuclear Deal Negotiations

Clinton Has Touted Her Work In Being "Part Of The Coalition That Brought Us To The Point Of This Agreement." CLINTON: "Having been part of the coalition that brought us to the point of this agreement, I think we will have to immediately upon completion of this agreement and its rigorous enforcement, look to see how we build a coalition to try to prevent and undermine Iran's bad behaviors in other arenas." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks On U.S. Iran Nuclear Deal, 7/14/15)

  • Clinton Owns A Piece Of [The Nuclear Deal]. She Helped The Negotiations Get Started." "Hillary Clinton hailed the deal that the United States and other world powers struck with Iran on Tuesday as an 'important step in putting a lid on Iran's nuclear program.' What's bound to draw attention as the agreement's political ramifications come into focus: Clinton owns a piece of it. She helped the negotiations get started." (Eric Brander and Dan Merica, "Hillary Clinton's State Department Legacy Tieed To Iran Deal," CNN, 7/14/15)

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