According to top Iranian officials, the White House has been intentionally depressing the total amount the U.S. has paid to Iran over the last few years.
Senior Iranian officials confirmed reports showing amounts in excess of $10 billion in gold, cash and other assets have been paid to the Islamic Republic – including a $1.7 billion cash payment to free Americans – since 2013.
The report brings to light the White House’s efforts to reinforce Iran’s economy and safeguard the Iran nuclear agreement.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi spoke with the Wall Street Journal where he provided details on some of the billions in cash and assets provided to Iran since 2013.
Ghasemi disclosed that the $10 billion was a “stingy” estimate in regards to the actual amount given to Iran back when Obama’s administration started working on securing the nuclear deal.
“I will not speak about the precise amount,” Ghasemi said.
He continued, “This report is true but the value was higher.”
“After the Geneva conference and the resulting agreement, it was decided that $700 million dollars were to be dispensed per month” by the U.S., according to Ghassemi. “In addition to the cash funds which we received, we [also] received our deliveries in gold, bullion, and other things.”
Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, told the Washington Free Beacon, “Iran does have incentives to overstate this figure. But given the recent state-sponsored narrative in Iran about a Western and particularly American failing to offer sanctions relief, this reads much more as fact rather than another instance of disinformation from Tehran.”
According to Taleblu, the money Obama’s administration paid should be viewed “as a conservative estimate for what Iran was paid to stay at the table and negotiate,” and that its highly likely that the funds were used to aid terror operations and to bolster embattled Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
“Given the nature of some of this sanctions relief (through the provision of gold and unfrozen assets), this money likely underwrote some of the Islamic Republic’s more destabilizing regional activities. At the macro level, all of this continues to prove one larger point: The way the Iran deal was handled and the provision of sanctions relief during and after the talks that led to the nuclear accord continues to create problems for those interested in defending the integrity of the international financial system,” he explained.
An insider and veteran on foreign policy said that the White House has a history of deflating the figures in order to conceal details about questionable relationship with the Islamic Republic.
“This is how it always happens when the Obama administration secretly sends money to Iran. They deny it until they’re caught, then they lowball it until they’re caught again, then they say it’s old news. In every single case where Iranian officials confirms these transfers while Obama officials denied them, it later turned out the Iranian officials were the ones telling the truth.”
H/T: The Washington Free Beacon
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