The Obama administration has repeatedly denied paying a “ransom” to Iran in return for the return of four U.S. citizens that were being held in that country even though a State Department spokesman admitted their release was contingent upon the delivery of $400 million.
The payment to Iran has brought with it warnings that it could increase the taking of hostages, and right on cue the State Department has issued a fresh travel warning:
Updated travel warning for Iran to reiterate & highlight risk of arrest & detention of US citizens.. https://t.co/b5q85648Es
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) August 22, 2016
The warning begins this way:
The Department of State warns U.S. citizens of the risks of travel to Iran. This replaces the Travel Warning for Iran dated March 14, 2016, to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans. Foreigners, in particular dual nationals of Iran and Western countries including the United States, continue to be detained or prevented from leaving Iran. U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel. U.S. citizens residing in Iran should closely follow media reports, monitor local conditions, and evaluate the risks of remaining in the country.
Nobody could have predicted that, right?
— Greg Andersen (@1959model) August 22, 2016