Barack Obama claimed that it was a “historic” deal between Iran and the West, but now, as the details emerge, it appears to be a farce of a deal. The White House dedicated a webpage to applaud how it will stop Iran’s nuclear program, without any mention of $400 million being sent to Iran conditional on Iran releasing several hostages.
Obama claimed almost two weeks ago that this was not a “nefarious” deal and it wasn’t done in secret, per CNN:
“We do not pay ransom. We didn’t here, and we won’t in the future,” Obama said after reports emerged that the United States delivered palettes of cash to Tehran on the same day the prisoners were freed.
“Those families know we have a policy that we don’t pay ransom,” Obama said. “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 downplayed the story, saying he had been open about the payment at the time it was agreed upon.“We announced these payments in January. Many months ago. They were not a secret,” Obama said during a news conference at the Pentagon. “It wasn’t a secret. We were completely open with everybody about it.”
But, the Associated Press tweeted this news yesterday:
BREAKING: State Dept. says $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on American prisoners’ release.
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 18, 2016