U.S. concerned about Iran’s ties to Hamas

U.S. concerned about Iran’s ties to Hamas

The United States is deeply concerned about Iran’s growing ties to Palestinian fundamentalist organization Hamas, State Department's top counter-terrorism official Nathan Sales said.

"After a brief split early in the Syria conflict, Hamas and Iran have rebuilt their relationship. Iran is once again providing Hamas with much-needed funding," he stressed.

Sales stressed that combined with the money that Iran provides to other terrorists, the total bill comes close to $1 billion a year. "Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran spends $700 million a year on Lebanese Hizballah," he added.

The State Department's top counter-terrorism official noted that Tehran gives another $100 million to various Palestinian terrorist groups, including Hamas.

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