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Pentagon assures it will check Iran's 'malign' influence

Iranians celebrate in northern Tehran on July 14, 2015, after Iran's nuclear negotiating team struck a controversial deal with world powers in ViennaTop US military officers sought to reassure worried lawmakers that US forces would check Iran’s “malign” influence in the Middle East should Congress greenlight the nuclear deal with Tehran. Many Republicans and some skeptical Democrats have voiced concerns that the historic accord reached with the Islamic republic this month in Vienna would trigger a regional nuclear arms race, embolden and strengthen Iran and put key US ally Israel in jeopardy. US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter acknowledged that the deal removes “a critical element of risk and uncertainty” in the region.

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