June 9, 2015 / 5:04 PM / 3 years ago

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

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - 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.

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey (L) is escorted by Israel's Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Gadi Eizenkot during a welcoming ceremony for Dempsey in Tel Aviv June 9, 2015. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

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.

“If a deal is made, we’ve got work to do. If a deal is not made, we’ve got work to do,” Dempsey told a small group of reporters in Jerusalem. “And I think we’ve built up enough trust and confidence in each other – military to military – that we’re prepared to do that work.”

Reporting by Phil Stewart; Editing by Susan Heavey

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