US President Barack Obama admitted Friday that the Iranian nuclear deal gives Iran – the leading state sponsor of terror – ample funding to extend its terror network, in a revealing interview with BBC.
"Does the IRGC [Revolutionary Guard] or the Quds Force have more resources?" he asked. "Probably, as the economy in Iran improves."
Obama denied, however, that the funding would lead directly to more terror attacks on Israel and other US allies.
"The challenge that we've had, when it comes to Hezbollah, for example, aiming rockets into Israel is not a shortage of resources," he said.
"Iran has shown itself to be willing, even in the midst of real hardship, to fund what they consider to be strategy priorities."
The President instead maintained that preventing Iran from attaining a nuclear bomb is far higher priority for the West than preventing the spread of its large terror network on the ground, echoing the same stance on the issue he has advocated since the deal was announced.
"Well, keep in mind, first of all, we've shut off the pathways for Iran getting a nuclear weapon, which was priority number one," he insisted. "Because if Iran obtained a nuclear weapon, then they could cause all those same problems […] with the protection of a nuclear bomb. And create much greater strategic challenges for the United States, for Israel, for our Gulf allies, for our European allies."
Obama's comments surface just as Rep. Adam Schiff (D – California) admitted on CNN that Iran is due to get some $56 billion from the deal, and that Iran will "absolutely" have more money to fund terrorism if the deal passes.
"Iran has proven very cost-effective in terms of supporting Hezbollah," he said. "They have been able to stretch a few dollars a long way, they'll have a lot more dollars."
He also noted that while the Gulf states have spent a "fortune" combating terrorism, Iran has somehow been far more cost-effective in funding terrorism, even with limited means.
Schiff also referred to the revelation that Washington prevented an attempt by Iranian terrorists on US soil to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the US, Adel Al Jubair, at the last second in 2011 – and noted it proved Iran could easily carry out a terror attack in the US.