US military chief says deal keeps Iran from atomic weapon

WASHINGTON – America’s top military leader said Wednesday that the recently signed nuclear deal works to keep Iran from having an atomic weapon, but does not address other concerns about Tehran’s malign activities in the region.

“These run the gamut from ballistic missile technology to weapons trafficking, to the use of surrogates and proxies to naval mines and

undersea activity – and last but not least to malicious activity in cyberspace,” Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee. “Ultimately, time and Iranian behavior will determine if the nuclear agreement is effective and sustainable,” he said, adding that he will continue to provide President Barack Obama with military options and will advise against reducing US military force presence in the Middle East.



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