U.S. now says $400 million to Iran was contingent on release of prisoners

August 18, 2016 11:00 PM

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The Obama administration said Thursday that a $400-million cash payment to Iran seven months ago was contingent on the release of a group of American prisoners.

It is the first time the U.S. has so clearly linked the two events, which critics have painted as a hostage-ransom arrangement.

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