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    US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said that John Kerry should provide an explanation for the unilateral $1.7 billion payment to Iran following the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — US Secretary of State John Kerry should provide an explanation for the unilateral $1.7 billion payment to Iran following the implementation of the nuclear agreement with Tehran, US Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen said in a press release.

    "The American people deserve to know what the impetus was for agreeing to a settlement of $1.7 billion with Iran after the [Obama] administration released over $100 billion in sanctions relief," the press release stated on Thursday.

    Ros-Lehtinen, along with Subcommittee on Terrorism Chairman Ted Poe and 52 other members of the House of Representatives, sent a letter to Kerry seeking clarification on the sequence of events.

    Poe called the payment to Tehran, which allegedly settled a disputed claim, deeply concerning.

    "Negotiating with Iran as if it were a well-intentioned actor behind closed doors and without even briefing Members of Congress is simply dangerous and irresponsible," Poe maintained.

    On July 14, Iran and the P5+1 group of countries comprising the United States, Russia, China, France and the United Kingdom plus Germany, signed a nuclear agreement that guarantees the peaceful nature of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief.


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