Thursday, October 20, 2016
Iran Wants More Money From The U.S. To Release It's American Prisoners
Washington Free Beacon: Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ in Ransom to Free U.S. Hostages
Source close to IRGC puts bounty on remaining U.S. hostages (Updated).
Iran is seeking “many billions of dollars” in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iran’s state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administration’s decision earlier this year to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash.
Senior Iranian officials, including the country’s president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens.
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Update: Iran intensifies crackdown against Iranians with ties to US (Daily Sabah/Reuters).
WNU Editor: President Obama denies that the U.S. paid ransom money to release 4 Americans from Iran earlier this year. But as this blog has posted on numerous occasions .... in the eyes of Iran's government .... holding American citizens did help them (and was a leverage tool that used) when they were dealing with U.S. negotiators.