Iran Took More US Hostages In Weeks Following $400 Million Payment
President Obama‘s press conference Thursday was supposed to focus on national security and the fight against ISIS. But when the president took questions from the press, the subject quickly turned to Iran and assertions the $400 million cash payment to Iran was a ransom payment for the release four of American hostages.
The payment reportedly took place the same day the hostages were released.
“We announced these payments in January, many months ago. There was no secret. We announced them to all of you. The reason that we had to give them cash is precisely because we are so strict in maintaining sanctions, and we do not have a banking relationship with Iran, that we couldn’t send them a check,” the president stated, defending the nature of the cash transaction.
In the speech, the president also said the U.S. does not and will not pay ransoms to anyone in exchange for Americans to be released because in doing so, more Americans across the globe would be taken hostage.
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Yes he did do that.
But that is precisely what happened with Iran.
Six weeks after the settlement payment was made, Iran took 80-year-old Baquer Namazi hostage. He is the father of imprisoned American businessman Siamak Namazi, who was taken hostage in October and wasn’t a part of the prisoner exchange negotiations.
Then, in July, Iranian-born American Robin Shahini was taken hostage while reportedly visiting his ailing mother in Iran.
All of which leads critics to contend the cash payment was a ransom payment, which has resulted in more hostage taking by Iran.
The Wall Street Journal broke the news Wednesday of the details of the cash payment made in January. According to the WSJ, “The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran
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