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US Denies $400 Million to Tehran was Ransom Payment

VOA News Secretary of State John Kerry says the "does not pay ransom" amid criticism of the Obama administration's payment of $400 million in cash to Iran on the same day Tehran released four American hostages. officials said the airlifting of $400 million in foreign currencies to Iran in January was to partially settle a decades-old dispute over an aborted arms deal. But critics, especially those who oppose the Iran nuclear agreement, have termed it a ransom payment. Marco Rubio Congressional criticism Florida senator Marco Rubio tweeted that the deal was "just unreal". House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce…
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Iran Releases US Sailors

Carla Babb   PENTAGON—The United States confirmed that Iran released 10 Navy sailors Wednesday, a day after they were detained when they drifted into Iranian territorial waters. A Pentagon statement said there was no indication the nine men and one woman were harmed while in Iranian custody. The sailors were on two small boats in the Persian Gulf between Kuwait and Bahrain when controllers lost contact with them on Tuesday.  officials said they were picked up near Farsi Island, and the Pentagon said Wednesday they left the island in the same two boats before being taken ashore by Navy aircraft. …
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EU: Iran Sanctions Could Be Lifted ‘Soon’

VOA News The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday that sanctions on Iran could be lifted “soon.” A multilateral agreement reached in July requires Tehran to complete multiple steps regarding its nuclear program before several international sanctions are removed. There is no fixed date for the milestone. The deal intended to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. It allows the country to use certain nuclear technologies for peaceful purposes, however. At a news conference in Prague, Mogherini told reporters the so-called “Implementation Day” could come “rather soon.” Secretary of State John Kerry, who participated in weeks…
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Report Says US Spied on Israel During Iran Negotiations

VOA News December 30, 2015 A newspaper is reporting that the United States spied on communications of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, although President Barack Obama promised two years ago to curtail eavesdropping on friendly heads of state. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that the White House decided to secretly keep certain allies under close watch, with Netanyahu topping the list. The report said the , while pursuing a landmark nuclear arms deal with Iran, captured communications between Netanyahu and his aides. Intercepting the conversations "inflamed mistrust between the two countries and planted a political minefield at home when…
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