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U.S. State Dept. Issues Iran Travel Warning After White House Admits $400 Million Iranian Cash Payment Was ‘Leverage’

August 24, 2016

The U.S. State Department issued an Iran travel warning only days after the White House finally acknowledged that the $400 million cash payment to Iran was for ‘leverage’ regarding the release of four Americans imprisoned in Iran.  The travel warning emphasizes that U.S. citizens, especially those of dual nationality of Iranian-American, are at great risk of being arrested, detained, and prevented from leaving Iran.  

The State Department also cautions U.S. citizens who are currently in Iran, 

“[They] should closely watch media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.  Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security.”  

This State Department updated Iran travel warning comes on the heels of the White House admitting that the $400 million Iranian cash payment was ‘leverage’ regarding the release of four Americans imprisoned in Iran.  

The White House admitting that ‘leverage’ was used to free Americans from Iranian custody and now the State Department issuing an updated Iranian travel warning has the extremely high possibility that Americans currently in Iran have the potential to be imprisoned on trumped up charges of being a threat to Iranian national security in order for the Islamic Republic to demand more cash ‘leverage’ for their release; all of which is post-Iran nuclear deal signing.