Air Force General: Sanctions Relief Gives Iran Greater Ability to Sponsor Terrorism

Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, nominated to be vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that sanctions relief would allow Iran to increase their sponsorship of terrorism during a Senate Armed Service Committee hearing Tuesday.

Sen. Mike Rounds (R., S.D.) asked Selva if Iran was provided sanctions relief with the nuclear deal, would Iran use the funds to increase its sponsorship of terrorism.

"Senator, I haven’t yet had the opportunity to study the entire agreement. But on its face, what I’ve heard from the press, the immediate lifting of sanctions or the sequential lifting of sanctions will give Iran the access to more economic assets with which to sponsor state terrorism should they choose to do so," Selva said.