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Report: Obama Admin Paid Iran More Than $10 Billion Since 2013

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By    |   Monday, 09 Jan 2017 01:17 PM

President Barack Obama's administration has paid Iran more than $10 billion in gold, cash, and assets since 2013, Iranian officials said in reports translated by The Washington Free Beacon.

Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that detailed the $10 billion, but said that number is a "stingy" estimate. "I will not speak about the precise amount," he said.

"This report is true but the value is higher," the translation read. "After the Geneva conference and the resulting agreement, it was decided that $700 million were to be dispensed per month … in addition to the cash funds which we received, we received our deliveries in gold, bullion, and other things," he said.

Behnam Ben Taleblu, a research analyst at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the officials' claims could be true.

"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."

Ben Taleblu said Iran spent some of the money on "destabilizing regional activities."

"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 said.

One foreign policy insider told the Free Beacon that the Obama administration frequently understates the amount of money sent 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," the insider said.

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