US officials assure Congress on Iran sanctions ‘snapbacks’

Obama administration officials told lawmakers on Wednesday that sanctions relief under the Iran nuclear deal will not be allowed to be used to bankroll terrorism and said the sanctions can be “snapped back” quickly if Tehran violates the agreement.

The United States will continue to target Iran’s support for militants even though the deal lifts nuclear-related sanctions, Adam Szubin, the Treasury Department’s acting under secretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, told a Senate hearing. He explained that sanctions, from both the United States and other countries, tied to Iran’s “bad activity outside the nuclear file” would remain in place despite the nuclear deal.



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