Washington: the State Department has said, the USD 400 million had paid to Iran to resolve outstanding financial dispute was used as leverage to release of American prisoners but, the State Department has said even as top Republican party leadership and its presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign claimed it was nothing but “ransom payment”
The top GOP leadership and the Trump Campaign was busy in making quick political capital by claiming it was nothing but ransom amount, which has finally been recognized by the Obama Administration.
The amount USD 400 million will be paid only after the prisoners were released. State Department Spokesman John Kirby said yesterday I’m not disputing that,” when asked about a Wall Street Journal report on this.
He said, we were waiting for this moment finalize these outstanding issues, it is publicly known that we returning its USD400 million as part of The Hague settlement agreement.
Kirby said, Iran may break their promise to release prisoner, but it need to quite honest to United States. We want to retain maximum control until after American citizens were released. That was our top priority.
However, the top GOP leadership and the Trump campaign was creticising the Obama Administration blaming that US paid ransom for release of its prisoners.
Donald Trump, the Republican presidential nominee said at an election rally in North Carolina, we come to know form the State Department announcement that President Obama lied about USD 400 million dollars that has to flown to Iran, Trump refuse the amount for hostage.
Trump said, Obama has lied about money, we never give ransom money. He puts us in greater risk to be kidnapped. Hillary Clinton owns President Obama’s Iran policy, one more reason she can never be allowed to be President.
In a separate statement, Senator John McCain said, the State Department’s acknowledgment that the Obama Administration’s USD 400 million cash payment to Iran depends upon release of American prisoners in Iran. He said, Obama Administration offer them ransom a world’s number one state sponsor of terrorism and trying to refuse ever since.