No Prisoner Exchange: Obama Paid Iran $1.7 Billion for US Hostage Release. Set Iranian Spys loose in US
The leader of Iran’s Basij military organization claimed on Wednesday that the United States released $1.7 billion in cash assets to Iran “in a bid to buy [the] freedom of its spies held by Tehran,” according to the country’s state-controlled press.
Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the Basij commander, said that the $1.7 billion release, which purportedly includes the repayment by the United States of a $400 million debt and $1.3 billion in interest, was awarded to Iran in order to secure the release of five Americans who were freed by Iran over the weekend.
“The annulment of sanctions against Iran’s Bank Sepah and reclaiming of $1.7mln of Iran’s frozen assets after 36 years showed that the US doesn’t understand anything but the language of force,” Naqdi was quoted as saying on Wednesday during a speech before the Basic forces in Tehran.
This particular cash release was not formally part of the nuclear deal, Naqdi claimed.
“This money was returned for the freedom of the US spy and it was not related to the [nuclear] negotiations,” he said.