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Iran retrieves $400 mln in frozen Shah-era contracts from Washington — news agency

August 08, 19:24 UTC+3 TEHRAN
Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration had secretly sent a plane with 400 million dollars in cash to Iran after four Americans were released from an Iranian prison
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TEHRAN, August 8 /TASS/. Iran has obtained $400 million from the United States in payment, though completely unrelated to Iran’s "nuclear deal," Ali Shamkhani, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, told the Tasnim news agency on Monday.

"Iran received 400 million dollars on claims for paid military orders sealed prior to the Iranian revolution (Iran’ Islamic revolution in 1979 - TASS). The payments are in no way connected to the negotiations on Iran’s nuclear program," Shamkhani said.

"It is pure coincidence that the transfer took place shortly after Iran had started implementing the nuclear deal. Tehran has used every opportunity available to retrieve Iran’s cash assets frozen by American authorities. The sum (of 400 million dollars) is just part of what the Shah’s regime had paid on military contracts," the Iranian politician said. He added that the International Court in The Hague had earlier ruled in favor of returning the money to Iran.

According to Shamkhani, Iran is supposed to be reimbursed 1.71 billion dollars in full on its claims.

Earlier, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Obama administration had secretly sent a plane with 400 million dollars in cash to Iran after four Americans had been released from an Iranian prison.

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