For months the Obama administration has argued the issue of Iran sponsoring terrorism around the world and the regime’s “bad behavior” are separate issues from their nuclear program. As part of the nuclear deal reached and announced by President Obama last week, Iran will have access to $150 billion in funds that were formerly frozen and unavailable to the regime. Critics of the plan have warned that a new influx of cash with little stipulation will allow Iran to use that money to further fund terrorism through Hezbollah and Hamas in the region and around the world.
Up until now, the President and other White House officials have said “their hope” is that the Iranian regime will use the new cash to invest in its economy and people, rather than terrorism.
White House press secretary Josh Earnest acknowledged Tuesday that the U.S. cannot proscribe how Iran chooses to spend the money it will get as sanctions are eased under a proposed nuclear deal.