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Did the US pay $400 M in ransom to Iran?




President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, conducts a press conference  in the East Room of the White House in response to the Iran Nuclear Deal, on July 14, 2015 in Washington, DC.
President Barack Obama, standing with Vice President Joe Biden, conducts a press conference in the East Room of the White House in response to the Iran Nuclear Deal, on July 14, 2015 in Washington, DC.
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The Wall Street Journal broke a story today that $400 million was secretly airlifted to Iran by the Obama administration while four Americans detained in Tehran were released.

President Obama had previously said it was the  first installment of a $1.7 billion settlement the Obama administration reached with Iran to resolve a decades-old dispute over a failed arms deal signed just before the 1979 fall of Iran’s last monarch, Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. Republican VP nominee Mike Pence is already making hay out of it on the campaign trail and raising questions about the U.S. paying for hostages.

The country’s official stance is not to give money for the release of detainees. So how will this play out on the campaign trail? And what does it mean for the country’s image around the world? Patt Morrison talks with Wall Street Journal reporter Jay Solomon today, for an inside look on the story.

Guest:

Jay Solomon, foreign affairs correspondent who broke today's story for the Wall Street Journal; he tweets from @WSJSolomon



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