US says $400 million payment to Iran linked to prisoners’ release

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The admission came after a number of US politicians accused President Barack Obama of paying “ransom” even though the money was owed to Iran.

The sum returned to Iran, however, constitutes a fraction of the tens of billions of dollars of Iranian assets which the US has blocked since the Islamic Revolution.

In April, the US Supreme Court ruled that Iran’s $2 billion of assets held in an American bank be turned over to families of those killed in a 1983 bombing in Beirut and other attacks which Tehran says it has nothing to do with.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced the seizure as “highway robbery” and pledged that Iran would retrieve the sum anyway.

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  1. #1 by rehmat1 on 08/19/2016 - 9:34

    The $400 millions had nothing to do with the release of the 52 Americans held captive in US embassy in Tehran for sabotaging Islamic Revolution for 444 days. It is the payment made by King Reza Shah government to buy spare parts for American arms purchased before the Revolution.

    Jimmy Carter held negotiation with Iranian diplomats in Algeria over the release of the 52 Americans. Finally, Washington agreed to $8 billions of the $16 billions Iranian assets frozen in the United States. But as soon as the 52 Americans reached home, Washington backed-down on its agreement.

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