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State Dept: It’s a Waste of Time to Keep Asking About Possible Ransom Payment to Iran


State Department Press Director Elizabeth Trudeau told a reporter at Tuesday’s department press briefing that it was a waste of time to keep asking about the Obama administration possibly making a ransom payment to Iran.

Associated Press reporter Matt Lee has been repeatedly asking the State Department if the plane carrying American prisoners out of Iran took off before a plane carrying $400 million in cash landed in the country. The Obama administration has denied that the $400 million it airlifted to the Iranian regime was any form of a ransom payment, saying it was part of a settlement of a decades-old dispute and just coincided with the freeing of American hostages. Some observers have said the Iranians could view the payment as ransom if the money landed first before they allowed the hostages to go. – READ MORE

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