U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed



WASHINGTON—The Obama administration secretly organized an airlift of $400 million worth of cash to Iran that coincided with the January release of four Americans detained in Tehran, according to U.S. and European officials and congressional staff briefed on the operation afterward.

Wooden pallets stacked with euros, Swiss francs and other currencies were flown into Iran on an unmarked cargo plane, according to these officials. The U.S. procured the money from the central banks of the Netherlands and Switzerland, they said.

The money represented the first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.


One comment on “U.S. Sent Cash to Iran as Americans Were Freed
  1. This truly does remind me of when America (back in the late 1800’s) was being demanded to pay millions of dollars in ransom to the Muslim Pirates of the Tripoli States to get back our kidnapped sailors and ships crewmen. This is a shame. I wonder whats happened with the saying: America doesn’t negotiate with terrorist!

    TRUMP 2017.

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