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US sought 'leverage' with $400 mn payment to Iran

A US plane waits on the tarmac of Geneva's airport for the arrival of four prisoners freed by Iran in January 2016The United States acknowledged that it waited for Iran to release American prisoners before delivering $400 million in cash that it owed the country, but again insisted the payment was not ransom. Republicans including Donald Trump pounced on Thursday’s admission as proof that President Barack Obama’s government had misled the American people. “With concerns that Iran may renege on the prisoner release… we of course sought to retain maximum leverage until after American citizens were released,” State Department spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

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