Tuesday 28 February 2017

What Will Trump Do About Obama’s Iran Ransom Deal?

Back in September, I testified before the House Financial Services Committee on the allegation that the Obama administration had paid Iran a ransom—at the time it was believed to be $400 million, but it was later revealed that the figure was more than three times that amount—in cash for the release of American hostages held by Iran.

At the hearing, it is now clear that State Department officials lied outright to the committee.

Lest there be any question about how the Iranian government perceived the payment received from the United States, Hossein Nejat, deputy intelligence director of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, bragged on February 23 that Iran forced the United States to pay $1.4 billion in ransom to win the release of imprisoned Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian.

What does this mean for the United States? Unfortunately, the damage is already done. The cash the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps received (for they were the entity that took possession of the ransom) will fuel greater terror as well as Iran’s campaigns in Syria, Yemen and perhaps Bahrain as well.

In 2010, the United States busted the Iranian plot to kill the Saudi ambassador in Washington because the U.S. intelligence community was monitoring bank accounts known to be operated by the Quds force. Cash makes it far easier for Iran to move money without risk of detection.

Ironically, President Donald Trump kept on the official whom Barack Obama and Secretary of State Kerry placed in charge of the hostage negotiation. At the very least, it is time to publish the hostage agreement. Obama promised he would preside over the most transparent administration in history.

Five weeks after Obama left office, Trump has the power to hold his predecessor to that promise and expose the true mendacity of Obama’s ransom deal.

###

http://www.newsweek.com/what-will-trump-do-about-obama-iran-ransom-deal-561828




© copyright 2004 - 2017 IranPressNews.com All Rights Reserved

Cookies on IranPressNews website
We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from Google and third party social media websites if you visit a page which contains embedded content from social media. Such third party cookies may track your use of our website. We and our partners also use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on our website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time.