by Paul Blest
News that the President sent Iran a $400 million ransom payment and then lied to the American people about it is outrageous.— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) August 19, 2016
Our $ should not go to Iran, which remains lead sponsor of global terrorism & whose IEDs have killed & injured our troops on the battlefield— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) August 19, 2016
That's why when the White House asked me to lift North Carolina's state-imposed sanctions on Iran, I said no. https://t.co/zFxxJlYA6r— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) August 19, 2016
Roy Cooper's embrace of Hillary Clinton is embrace of 4 more yrs of these disastrous policies that have made our state & country less safe.— Pat McCrory (@PatMcCroryNC) August 19, 2016
The payment was not a ransom but rather part of a settlement agreement that the United States reached with Iran for claims arising out of the 1979 Iranian revolution, which toppled the pro-American shah and brought the current Islamist government to power. Before the revolution, the United States had signed hundreds of contracts with Iran, then an ally, to sell it military equipment. When the hostile Islamist regime took power, the military sales relationship collapsed. That left hundreds of millions of dollars of outstanding claims between the two countries and their citizens: claims both by U.S. companies for breached contracts and expropriated properties, and Iranian demands for the delivery or return of equipment that Iran had already paid for but not received — not to mention the issue of the 52 Americans that Iran then held hostage.What's more is that this has been open knowledge since January. The Obama White House, which hasn't exactly been a paragon of transparency itself, published a press release after the Iran deal detailing exactly what happened.
This brings me to a second major development — several Americans unjustly detained by Iran are finally coming home. In some cases, these Americans faced years of continued detention. And I’ve met with some of their families. I’ve seen their anguish, how they ache for their sons and husbands. I gave these families my word — I made a vow — that we would do everything in our power to win the release of their loved ones. And we have been tireless. On the sidelines of the nuclear negotiations, our diplomats at the highest level, including Secretary Kerry, used every meeting to push Iran to release our Americans. I did so myself, in my conversation with President Rouhani. After the nuclear deal was completed, the discussions between our governments accelerated. Yesterday, these families finally got the news that they have been waiting for.So, McCrory is wrong, and now he's fundraising on being wrong. This is nothing new, but Jesus Christ, man. HB 2 has devastated the state's reputation. Your administration has caused an absolute shitshow by trying to protect Duke Energy from any sort of public or fiscal accountability. And right now, you're getting a swift ass kicking in the polls.
The third piece of this work that we got done this weekend involved the United States and Iran resolving a financial dispute that dated back more than three decades. Since 1981, after our nations severed diplomatic relations, we’ve worked through a international tribunal to resolve various claims between our countries. The United States and Iran are now settling a longstanding Iranian government claim against the United States government. Iran will be returned its own funds, including appropriate interest, but much less than the amount Iran sought. For the United States, this settlement could save us billions of dollars that could have been pursued by Iran. So there was no benefit to the United States in dragging this out. With the nuclear deal done, prisoners released, the time was right to resolve this dispute as well.