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October 21, 2016

Obama's Cash-O-Rama Bonanza May Have Whetted Iran's Appetite for Ransoming More Hostages

Whodda thunk it?

Iran Seeking ‘Many Billions of Dollars’ in Ransom to Free U.S. Hostages

Source close to IRGC puts bounty on remaining U.S. hostages (Updated)


BY: Adam Kredo Follow @Kredo0
October 19, 2016 4:18 pm

Iran is seeking "many billions of dollars" in payments from the United States in exchange for the release of several U.S. hostages still being detained in Iran, according to reports by Iran’s state-controlled press that are reigniting debate over the Obama administration’s decision earlier this year to pay Iran $1.7 billion in cash.

Senior Iranian officials, including the country's president, have been floating the possibility of further payments from the United States for months. Since the White House agreed to pay Tehran $1.7 billion in cash earlier this year as part of a deal bound up in the release of American hostages, Iran has captured several more U.S. citizens.

Future payments to Iran could reach as much as $2 billion, according to sources familiar with the matter, who said that Iran is detaining U.S. citizens in Iran's notorious Evin prison where inmates are routinely tortured and abused.

Iranian news sources close to the country’s Revolutionary Guard Corps, or IRGC, which has been handling prisoner swaps with the United States, reported on Tuesday that Iran expects "many billions of dollars to release" those U.S. citizens still being detained.

"We should wait and see, the U.S. will offer … many billions of dollars to release"

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