U.S. Says $400 Million to Iran Was Used as Prisoner LeverageBy
Obama team ‘deliberately leveraged that moment’: State Dept.
Payment was part of $1.7 billion settlement owed to Iran
The U.S. withheld a $400 million cash payment to Iran earlier this year as leverage to ensure the country would release American prisoners as promised, State Department spokesman John Kirby said, further fueling criticism that the delivery was effectively a ransom.
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