An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman confirmed Tuesday's disclosure by the Wall Street Journal that the Obama administration has paid Tehran more than $10 billion in cash, gold and other assets since 2013. Bahram Ghasemi said in a Farsi-language interview with Iran's IRNA news agency that "the $10 billion figure just scratches the surface of the total amount given to Iran by the United States over the past several years." According to unidentified senior American officials, the payments were intended to induce Tehran to negotiate and agree to the nuclear deal.