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    Kerry Accuses Iran of Arming Hezbollah With 80,000 Rockets

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    The United States shares Saudi Arabia’s concerns of Iran supplying the Hezbollah Shiite militia with up to 80,000 rockets through Syria, US State Secretary John Kerry said Saturday.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – Speaking at a press conference alongside Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir in Riyadh, Kerry said the concerns were the reason why Washington maintains certain sanctions imposed on Iran.

    "I mean, Hizballah has 70-, 80,000 rockets. What do they need that for? It seems to me that – and much of it’s supplied, obviously, across the border from Iran through Damascus," Kerry said, using an alternate spelling of the Lebanon-based militia banned by the US government.

    Hezbollah has been fighting insurgents in Syria, including the al-Nusra Front terrorist group.

    "So these are concerns that we share, which is why the arms component, the missile component, the human rights component, the state sponsor of terror component are all part of the continued sanctions of the United States and the agreement," Kerry said.

    Tehran was found in compliance of dismantling a major part of its nuclear program last week, paving the way for the lifting of economic sanctions as outlined in the landmark nuclear agreement reached with world powers last summer.

    The Sunni Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is among Iran’s regional rivals, including Israel, that have opposed the nuclear deal. Riyadh has cut off diplomatic ties with Tehran early in January.

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