Iran may use some sanctions relief for military, proxies: Dempsey

June 9, 2015 5:02 PM

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Iran may use some sanctions relief for military, proxies: Dempsey

JERUSALEM Iran would likely spend some newfound resources on its military and its surrogates if a nuclear deal can be reached that leads to sanctions relief, General Martin Dempsey, the top U.S. military officer, said during a trip to Israel on Tuesday.

But Dempsey said the long-term prospects were "far better" with an Iran that wasn't a nuclear power and reassured Israeli officials that Washington would work to mitigate Iran-related risks, with or without a deal.

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