WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says a $400 million cash payment to Iran was contingent on the release of American prisoners.READ MORE: Disney Closing Dozens Of Stores In The US And Canada This Year
Spokesman John Kirby says negotiations over the United States’ returning Iranian money from a decades-old account was conducted separately from the prisoner talks. But he says the U.S. withheld delivery of the cash as leverage until the U.S. citizens had left Iran.READ MORE: Baby Of Innocent Bystander Critically Injured In Texas Police Shooting
Both events occurred Jan. 17.
Kirby spoke after The Wall Street Journal reported that the departures of the crisscrossing planes were linked.MORE NEWS: SpaceX Starship Flips & Lands In Texas Upright, But Then Explodes On Landing Pad
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