Deal with Iran raises fears of funds for terrorism
“World powers and Iran have reached a tentative agreement on sanctions relief, diplomats said yesterday, stoking fears that easing economic penalties against the Islamic Republic may mean more money for terror groups in the Middle East.
‘I think if this funding is allowed to flow from Iranian banks to some of their beneficiaries, it could put Americans and European neighbors in a dangerous place,’ U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch told the Herald yesterday. ‘There are two sets of sanctions out there, one is broadly described as being connected to their nuclear program and the second is tied to their terrorist financing operations. The concern that we have is how we will bifurcate those two issues. The first needs to remain in place and the other creates some real problems for us.’”