Kerry on $1.7 Billion Payment to Iran: 'We Gave Them a Little Bit of Money'

Source: Washington Free Beacon - View Original Article
Published: Feb 10, 2020
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96% "As part of the nuclear deal Kerry brokered, Iran received $150 billion in sanctions relief in the form of unfrozen assets held in banks around the globe."
77% "The Obama administration paid Iran $400 million, plus an additional $1.3 billion in interest from taxpayer funds, ostensibly to settle a dispute over military equipment Iran purchased but never received following the shah's fall in 1979."
66% "Kerry admitted in 2016 that the billions in sanctions relief Iran got under the nuclear deal would go partly to financing terrorism."
65% "The U.S. and its allies also say Iran is responsible for bringing down a Ukrainian airliner with a surface-to-air missile it fired during its onslaught against Iraq, killing all 176 aboard."
63% "The Obama administration denied the cash was a ransom, but the State Department later admitted it delayed the initial $400 million payment as leverage to secure the release of three prisoners held by Iran."
58% "Iran is the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, backing such proxy groups as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip."
32% "The U.S. Treasury Department estimated Iran had roughly $55 billion left over of that amount after fulfilling its other financial obligations, according to the Washington Post."
19% "The IRGC wasn't starving at that point in time, and in fact, Iran owed billions upon billions of dollars."
8% "Former secretary of state John Kerry on Friday referred to the $1.7 billion payment the U.S. made to Iran in 2016 as a little bit of money."
4% "Tensions between the U.S. and Iran hit a boiling point after Trump last week ordered the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the terrorist leader of the IRGC's elite Quds Force."
3% "Iran retaliated with missile attacks on U.S. air bases in Iraq this week, although no Americans were killed or injured."


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Contributing sentiments towards policy:

96% : As part of the nuclear deal Kerry brokered, Iran received $150 billion in sanctions relief in the form of unfrozen assets held in banks around the globe.
77% : The Obama administration paid Iran $400 million, plus an additional $1.3 billion in interest from taxpayer funds, ostensibly to settle a dispute over military equipment Iran purchased but never received following the shah's fall in 1979.
66% : Kerry admitted in 2016 that the billions in sanctions relief Iran got under the nuclear deal would go partly to financing terrorism.
65% : The U.S. and its allies also say Iran is responsible for bringing down a Ukrainian airliner with a surface-to-air missile it fired during its onslaught against Iraq, killing all 176 aboard.
63% : The Obama administration denied the cash was a ransom, but the State Department later admitted it delayed the initial $400 million payment as "leverage" to secure the release of three prisoners held by Iran.
58% : Iran is the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism, backing such proxy groups as Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
32% : The U.S. Treasury Department estimated Iran had roughly $55 billion left over of that amount after fulfilling its other financial obligations, according to the Washington Post.
19% : The IRGC wasn't starving at that point in time, and in fact, Iran owed billions upon billions of dollars.
8% : Former secretary of state John Kerry on Friday referred to the $1.7 billion payment the U.S. made to Iran in 2016 as a "little bit of money."
4% : Tensions between the U.S. and Iran hit a boiling point after Trump last week ordered the killing of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, the terrorist leader of the IRGC's elite Quds Force.
3% : Iran retaliated with missile attacks on U.S. air bases in Iraq this week, although no Americans were killed or injured.

*Our bias meter rating uses data science including sentiment analysis, machine learning and our proprietary algorithm for determining biases in news articles. The rating is an independent analysis and is not affiliated nor sponsored by the news source or any other organization

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