A couple of weeks ago, after the Obama Administration finally revealed that sending $400 million to Iran and the releasing of American prisoners from Tehran are related events, the mystery surrounding the payments the US government owed to Iran -as established in Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal in Hague- is far from over.
Just recently the State Department paid $1.3 million to Iran, but there are no details about the circumstances surrounding the payment, except for this one:
Investigative reporter Claudia Rosett … disclosed that the Treasury Department transferred just under $1.3 billion to the State Department in 13 “large identical sums.”
Congress is still concerned about the lack of information in the transferring of billions of dollars in taxpayer funds to Iran.
Members such as Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee question the legality of such payments and believe that it is important to know the details of the methods used to pay Iran. Both wrote an inquiry requesting information about those payments and the U.S. officials who negotiated and carried them out.
“… The State Department spokesman claimed Monday not to know how or to whom the residual $1.3 billion was transferred, although he does know the transaction happened,” Cruz said.”… Someone in our government must have the answers the American people deserve.”
It is important to consider that the Iranian state has financed terrorist organizations in the past. So not knowing who receives the money, can have harmful national security implications.
Unfortunately, neither the department of Sate, Treasury, or Justice have responded to the inquiry, which has increased even more the uncertainty surrounding the payments.
It is not surprising that Senator Cruz commented that:
“If this payment was, as the Obama administration insists, a straightforward settlement of an old debt that it would have cost America more to contest, why all the secrecy?”
Read more at the Washington Free Beacon
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