Secretary of State John Kerry admitted to CNBC on Jan. 21 that some of the money Iran received in sanctions relief would likely go to terrorism.
When asked by the network whether or not some of the sanctions relief money would go to funding terrorism, Kerry said there was nothing the U.S. could do to prevent that, CNN notes. After debts are settled, Iran is set to receive close to $55 billion.
“I think that some of it will end up in the hands of the IRGC or other entities, some of which are labeled terrorists,” he said, according to CNN.
“You know, to some degree, I'm not going to sit here and tell you that every component of that can be prevented," he added.
He did note, however, that they were “not seeing the early delivery of funds going to that kind of endeavor at this point in time."
When speaking to reporters earlier on Jan. 21, Kerry also rejected criticism from Iran regarding Washington’s use of sanctions. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reportedly told CNN that some in the U.S. are "addicted" to sanctions, adding that recent sanctions against the country were illegal.
“We have made it very clear that we use sanctions when we think they are appropriate in order to counter behavior that we believe has broken the law or has challenged the United Nations Security Council or threatened the United States and we stand by our sanctions,” Kerry said in response, according to CNN.
“We think they have been used judiciously and effectively and we are looking to move on now to put to test the willingness of Iran and other countries in the region to try to reduce tensions and move in a different direction," he added.