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Republicans call for inquiry into U.S. $1.7 billion settlement with Iran

Republicans call for inquiry into U.S. $1.7 billion settlement with Iran

Republican lawmakers are calling for an inquiry into the Obama administration's decision to pay a $1.7 billion claims settlement to Tehran after Iranian hard-liners reignited concerns that the money was ransom to secure the release of American prisoners.

The dispute is the latest point of contention between the Obama administration and Republicans vehemently opposed to its handling of negotiations with Iran over a deal to curb Tehran's nuclear ambitions and an agreement to free several Americans, including Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, from Iranian detention.

The settlement was over a claim long pending before an international tribunal in The Hague set up to...

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