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Even as Barack Obama claims his proposed agreement giving Iran nuclear capability will reduce its ability to carry out terrorist attacks, the terrorist sponsor is reiterating its support for global terrorism.

Iran’s foreign ministry is making clear its unqualified support for Hamas and other anti-Israel terrorist groups and vows that supporting those who “stand against the Zionist regime is a principle of Iran’s policy,” the Washington Free Beacon reports, quoting Iran’s own news service.

The Free Beacon reports on the statement from Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency:

The Islamic Republic’s renewed backing of Hamas comes amid reports that relations between the two have been strained in recent months. However, Iran denies that this is the case and made clear this week that it will continue to back terrorist entities that seek Israel’s destruction.

“Iran’s support for all resistance groups continues similar to the past,” said Marzieh Afkham, a spokeswoman for Iran’s foreign ministry, to reporters in Tehran when asked whether the country’s position on Hamas had shifted.

Afkham went on to stress that “supporting members of the resistance front and those who stand against the Zionist regime is a principle of Iran’s policy,” according to Iran’s state-controlled Fars News Agency…

… More than 70 members of the Iranian parliament recently petitioned President Hassan Rouhani to increase “Iranian support for the regional resistance front after the nuclear agreement,” according to the report.

These Iranian lawmakers “called on the president to use the ministries of defense and foreign affairs to send aid to the Palestinians in accordance with instructions from the Supreme Leader to arm the Palestinians in the West Bank.”

“To sell the deal, supporters of the JCPOA (nuclear agreement distort the facts about the Iranian regime’s intention and plan to annihilate Israel,” Saeed Ghasseminejad, an Iran expert at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, tells the Free Beacon. “All factions of the Islamic regime in Iran firmly believe that Israel must be destroyed, they just have different opinions about the best way to reach this goal.”

Even the Obama White House admits Iran will use the nuclear deal to advance terrorist activity.

“It is real, it is possible, and, in fact, we should expect that some portion of that money would go to the Iranian military and could potentially be used for the kinds of bad behavior that we have seen in the region up until now,” National Security Adviser Susan Rice told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in July.

That places not just Israelis in danger, but Americans around the world.

Iran-funded terrorists have killed over 1,000 United States armed service members since 2001 and carried out terrorists attacks on civilians across the globe.

“Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Hizbullah proxy serve as expeditionary forces for Iran throughout the Middle East, with the latter coordinating terror attacks and fundraising activities in Latin America, Africa and Asia,” reports retired British military officials Colonel Richard Kemp and Major Chris Driver-Williams.

Their report reveals:

Iranian military action, often working through proxies using terrorist tactics, has led to the deaths of well over a thousand American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade and a half.

Throughout the course of the Iraq campaign, a variety of weapons flowed into the country through direct purchases by the government of Iran. These included Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs), a shaped charge designed to penetrate armor. These weapons – often camouflaged as rocks – were identical to those employed by Hizbullah against Israeli forces. In 2006, the British Telegraph revealed that three Iranian factories were “mass producing” the roadside EFP bombs used to kill soldiers in Iraq . . .

Iran paid Taliban fighters $1,000 for each U.S. soldier they killed in Afghanistan. The Sunday Times reported that a Taliban operative received $18,000 from an Iranian firm in Kabul as reward for an attack in 2010 that killed several Afghan government troops and destroyed an American armored vehicle.

So far, Iran-backed militants have killed an estimated 1,100 U.S. soldiers.

“Up to a quarter of the American casualties and some of the more horrific incidents in which Americans were kidnapped…can be traced without doubt to these Iranian groups,” said former U.S. ambassador to Iraq James Jeffery.