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Report: Iran Using US Money for Military Buildup

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 03 May 2017 10:04 AM

Billions of dollars provided under the nuclear deal with the United States is being used by Iran for an unprecedented massive military buildup, The Washington Free Beacon reported.

Iran's defense budget has increased by 145 percent under President Hassan Rouhani, officials in that nation announced late last month, according to the Free Beacon.

The military is engaging in a massive restructuring effort designed to make it "a forward moving force," the Free Beacon said, attributing the information to "regional reports."

Rouhani has insisted Iran's military power was "purely defensive," The Times of Israel reported.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran has showed that it doesn't intend to interfere with the internal affairs of other countries," he was quoted as saying. "Our military power is purely defensive."

But the Free Beacon reported that Iranian leaders say since the Iran deal with put into place, they are using cash released under the agreement to purchase new military equipment and armaments.

"Leading members of Congress and U.S. officials working on the Iran portfolio suspect that at least a portion of the Obama administration's $1.7 billion cash payment to Iran has been used to fund and support terrorists in the Middle East," Adam Kredo of the Free Beacon wrote.

"The latest disclosure about Iran's military buildup is further fueling concerns that U.S. cash assets returned to the country — which were released with no strings attached by the Obama administration — are helping Iran pursue a more aggressive military stance against U.S. forces in the region."

Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis., told the Free Beacon: "President Obama flat-out caved in to Iran when he handed them the disastrous nuclear deal and $1.7 billion in cash payments that could assist Iran's military. So it's no surprise that the world's lead sponsor of terrorism would feel emboldened to become more aggressive in the region and flex its military muscle."

One senior congressional source warned of the safety of U.S. forces in the region, which already are routinely harassed by the Iranian military, the Free Beacon said.

"This is certainly grounds for concern," the source said. "An Iranian military buildup coupled with an offensive posture is a threat to the United States and our allies. This also serves as an important reminder of why the Obama administration's cash infusion to Iran was so dangerous."

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