The IRGC, Iran’s premier security institution, fields an army, navy and air force. In 2007, the U.S. Treasury Department designated the IRGC’s elite Quds Force a terrorist supporter for aiding the Taliban and other terrorist organizations.
So, Kerry was saying some of the money ultimately would end up with organizations involved in terrorism.
That’s not quite the same as saying all of the money would go for terrorists and activities to support terrorism as Handel said.
Kerry did tell reporters the same day, according to the Associated Press, that he understands the IRGC is “already complaining that they are not getting the money.”
Handel said the Obama administration admitted that nearly $2 billion flown to Iran is being used to fund terrorism and various supporting activities. One way or another, the United States transferred $1.7 billion owed to Iran. Kerry said it was likely some portion of any money Iran received would go to its top security organization and some of that money would end up advancing terrorism.
Beyond that general statement, details are lacking.
We rate this claim Half True.
“Nearly $2 billion in cash was flown over to Iran, money that the Obama administration has admitted is being used for terrorists and to support further activities there.”
— Karen Handel on Tuesday, June 6th, 2017 in a debate