From New York Post
The Obama administration agreed to help lift UN sanctions on two Iranian banks the same day that four US citizens were released from captivity in Tehran, it was reported Thursday.
The administration made the deal in addition to the exchange of $1.7 billion as part of a controversial prisoner swap, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The two banks — Bank Sepah and Bank Sepah International — had financed Iran’s ballistic missile program.
The sanctions initially were set to be lifted in 2023 under the terms of the Iranian nuclear agreement.
The nuke deal was finalized on Jan. 17, the same day the American prisoners were freed.
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