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US State Department comes clean about $400M payment to Iran

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The US Department of State revealed Thursday that the $400 million cash payment to Iran was dependent on American prisoners' release, according to the Associated Press.

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US officials have confirmed that the US timed its $400 million payment to Iran on Jan. 17 with the release of American hostages, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday.

President Barack Obama and other US officials have said the payment to Iran after four Americans were released from prison did not amount to ransom, but instead took place through two separate channels.

Now, officials briefed on the operation are saying an Iranian cargo plane left Geneva with the cash after a flight with Americans aboard took off from Tehran.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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