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skinner August 8th, 2016 9:27pm

In January, Iran released 5 American prisoners after the US gave the Islamic Republic a $400 million payment on a 37 year old $1.7 billion arms deal. Did this arrangement encourage Iran to arrest/not release 3 more Americans in the months since?

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googer11 Minnesota
08/09/16 3:55 pm

I thought I read that this payment was deemed false.

skinner Wisconsin
08/09/16 3:57 pm

If you could find that for me, then I'd be very interested in reading it.

googer11 Minnesota
08/10/16 6:46 am

Not sure now but said the release and cash payment was coincidental and that there was much more involved in the deal dating back to older matters.

political Georgia
08/08/16 7:49 pm

We are looking weaker and weaker.

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RJ1969 SoCal
08/08/16 6:01 pm

The removal of financial restrictions involving their money was part of a larger, comprehensive deal. It wasn't a quid pro quo.

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dominiclandry
08/08/16 7:15 pm

But why given in untraceable cash?

RJ1969 SoCal
08/08/16 7:20 pm

Because there are no formal banking and exchange relations with Iran because it's illegal. Giving them a check for dollars can not be cashed.

RJ1969 SoCal
08/08/16 7:25 pm

Part of the deal also means Iran can sell oil on the market. They are selling it for euros, again, because dollars cannot be used.

dominiclandry
08/09/16 3:42 am

We could've gone through other countries to do a wire transfer. Iran is the biggest state sponsor of terrorism and we gave them untraceable cash to the tune of $400 million. The Obama regime is extremely defensive when asked why they handled it the way they did, which is really not necessary if you're totally innocent.

Nemacyst Registered Text Offender
08/09/16 6:35 am

Oh I love this "Quid Pro Quo" For it to actually be a Mutually Beneficial Arrangement, Iran has to have something of value. IRONIC they just so happened to have hostages when the payment was given... SMH...

Casper Deep inthe Heart ofTexas
08/08/16 5:18 pm

$400 million is real motivation.

You don't have to be real smart to figure that out.

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RJ1969 SoCal
08/08/16 6:00 pm

They made out like bandits with Reagan!

Casper Deep inthe Heart ofTexas
08/08/16 6:02 pm

& that makes it right?

We need hope & change.

RJ1969 SoCal
08/08/16 6:17 pm

No. Context. Remember how absolutely awesome Reagan was, because he allowed a blatantly illegal act to occur under his watch, trading weapons to fight an "ally" we also sold weapons to for hostages, then taking the proceeds and funding Central American death squads?

All we got with Obama is a lousy anti-nuclear proliferation agreement co-signed with the U.K., France, Germany, Russia, and China.

chinito Florida
08/08/16 4:58 pm

4 not 5. The fifth prisoner wasn't release.

skinner Wisconsin
08/08/16 5:34 pm

Which prisoner wasn't released? I thought the list was Jason Rezaian, Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, and Matthew Trevithick.

chinito Florida
08/09/16 9:30 am

Matthew Trevithick wasn't part of the swap. On the other hand, Bob Levinson was supposed to be.

BlueLine Georgia
08/08/16 3:41 pm

This is what I don't understand about this administration. Iran had American prisoners and we still went through with the Iran deal...

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Senate101 San Diego
08/08/16 3:31 pm

It was the right thing to do, but it encouraged them.

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Odysseus We All Need A Fantasy
08/08/16 3:16 pm

Unlikely, unless we steal their money again.

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TomM
08/08/16 2:58 pm

I would be very surprised if the Iranians didn't look at this as a great business opportunity. We capture an infidel and demand $100 million, if they pay great, if they don't we can just hang him as a spy and rally our supporters. It's a win-win. Negotiating with terrorists is a terrible idea and this money has probably already been distributed to hezbollah and other terrorist groups.

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Krystina Live and Let Live
08/08/16 3:02 pm

👏🏽 Well said, Tom.

TomM
08/08/16 3:05 pm

😊

skinner Wisconsin
08/08/16 2:34 pm

Siamak Namazi, an Iranian-American businessman was arrested in October of 2015. Five Americans, not including Namazi, were then released in January after the Obama administration secretly delivered $400 million in foreign currencies to Iran in the middle of the night. In February his father, Baquer Namazi, was arrested after coming to Iran to try to free his son. Now, in late July, Reza Shahini was arrested after visiting his ailing mother. These Americans are not alone. They are joined by at least four other nations of British, Canadian, and French origin who have been arrested in the last five months.

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