According to senior officials in Iran, the Obama administration has given their nation more than $10 billion over the last four years just to keep them at the negotiating table. They say that President Obama has been keeping the real figure under wraps for fear of inciting dissension domestically.
After a Wall Street Journal investigation was published last week alleging that the White House handed Iran $10 billion in cash and assets to keep the nuclear deal from falling through, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said that even this was a lowball estimate.
“I will not speak about the precise amount,” Ghasemi said. “This report is true but the value was higher.”
Ghasemi told the Iranian press that the U.S. arranged a payment plan that would keep Tehran interested in further negotiations.
“After the Geneva conference and the resulting agreement, it was decided that $700 million dollars were to be dispensed per month,” said Ghassemi. “In addition to the cash funds which we received, we received our deliveries in gold, bullion, and other things.”
This news comes as military tensions escalate between the U.S. and our friends in Tehran. It was reported Monday that a Navy ship fired several warning shots at four Iranian boats in the Strait of Hormuz:
The USS Mahan tried to order the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard boats to stop via bridge-to-bridge radio communication, but the vessels didn’t respond to the request, prompting the destroyer to fire three warning shots with a .50 caliber machine gun Sunday morning, a U.S. defense official said. After the shots were fired, the Iranian boats stopped the approach, Cmdr. Bill Urban, spokesman for U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, told Fox News.
Donald Trump is going to have his work cut out for him when it comes to foreign policy, that much is for sure. Obama has made such a mess of things, it will be a wonder if Trump can pull us back from the brink of disaster in time.