Iran’s Military Budget after the Nuclear Deal

The Iran deal will provide the Islamic Republic with an estimated $140 billion in sanctions relief and unfrozen assets. Iran currently spends 3.4 percent of its total budget on defense. Iran spends 65 percent of its defense budget on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, its elite paramilitary force that actively supports terrorist organizations throughout the Middle East. If current budget trends persist, the Iran deal would mean at least $4.8 billion in additional Iranian defense spending and a 50 percent budget increase for the IRGC.

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