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State Dept Confirms Ransom: $400 Million Cash Payment To Iran Contingent On Hostages Being Released

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State Dept Confirms Ransom: $400 Million Cash Payment To Iran Contingent On Hostages Being Released

Excerpted from Washington Free Beacon: State Department spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that it was necessary for American prisoners to be released in order for the American government to pay $400 million in cash to the Iranian government.

Associated Press reporter Brad Klapper asked Kirby if the American government would only pay Iran if the prisoners were released.

“In basic English, you’re saying that you wouldn’t give them the $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?” Klapper asked.

“That’s correct,” Kirby said.

The Obama administration has repeatedly refused to call the cash payment to Iran a “ransom payment.” Keep reading

Excerpted from The New York Post: The State Department admitted Thursday that the US would not hand over $400 million in cash to Iran until it released four American hostages — two weeks after President Obama insisted the payment was not a “ransom.”

State Department spokesman John Kirby was asked at Thursday’s press briefing: “In basic English, you’re saying you wouldn’t give them $400 million in cash until the prisoners were released, correct?”

“That’s correct,” Kirby replied.

In an Aug. 4 press conference, President Obama said the opposite.

“We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future,” the president told reporters, speaking of the Jan. 17 payment and hostage release.

Families “know we have a policy that we don’t pay ransom. And the notion that we would somehow start now, in this high-profile way, and announce it to the world, even as we’re looking in the faces of other hostage families whose loved ones are being held hostage, and saying to them ‘We don’t pay ransom,’ defies logic,” Obama added at the time.

He lectured the press for even raising the issue. Keep reading

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