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As Congress considers the Iranian nuclear deal, it should also prepare a strategy to use U.S. financial and economic power aggressively against a broad array of Iranian threats. If the deal is adopted, the risks from an enriched, emboldened Iran will only grow. These risks should not be accepted as an unavoidable cost of the deal.Any unwinding of sanctions and reintegration of the Iranian economy will provide Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps, and its overseas Quds Force, the defenders of the regime and exponents of the revolution, with greater resources and access to global financial and commercial systems.The Patriot Act Section 311 action against Iran and its central bank should be reinforced with a designation of "primary money laundering concern" against the class of transactions involving any Iranian bank, to address the increased risks of Iran's use of the financial system for illicit activity.It cannot be that the leading state sponsor of terrorism has secured reintegration of its economy and immunity to avoid the aggressive use of U.S. financial measures.We should not wait to find out – or to address the known risks from Iran that are already upon us.
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