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Governor McCrory Statement On President Obama's Iran Ransom Deal

Press Release:

    Raleigh, N.C.     After the Obama administration admitted that its $400 million payment to Iran was tied to the release of hostages, Governor Pat McCrory released the following statement:

  • "News that the President sent Iran a $400 million ransom payment and then lied to the American people about it is outrageous. Our money should not go to Iran, which remains the lead sponsor of global terrorism and whose IEDs have killed and injured our troops on the battlefield.
  • "That's why when the White House asked me to lift North Carolina's state-imposed sanctions on Iran, I said no. Roy Cooper's embrace of Hillary Clinton is an embrace of 4 more years of these disastrous policies that have made our state and our country less safe and secure."

    Last year, Governor McCrory signed the bipartisan Iran Divestment Act of 2015, which prohibited the N.C. Retirement System, state agencies and local governments from using funds to invest in Iran or contracting with businesses that have investment ties to Iran. The bill passed the General Assembly in a near-unanimous vote and was signed by Governor McCrory on June 29, 2015. According to Bloomberg News, more than two dozen states have state divestment laws targeting Iran.

    Click here to read the U.S. State Department letter asking Governor McCrory to lift North Carolina's sanctions on Iran.

  • Contact: The Pat McCrory Committee

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