From the August 4 edition of Fox News’ Hannity:
SEAN HANNITY (HOST): So, did they pay a ransom here is the big question?
OLIVER NORTH: Yes, this was a ransom. Look it, the very first demand by the Iranians when I met with them in 1985 was a refund of the $400 million from the Shah, a down payment on weapons he wanted to buy. That's what they wanted from Jimmy Carter. That's what they wanted from me. You know, it turns out I was actually a better negotiator than John Kerry. We didn't send money to the Iranians. They paid us. I know. I was the one who had to sit down on the other side of the table with the likes of Ahmadinejad and Rouhani. What they wanted first of all was that $400 million. They got it from this administration. The Israeli ship TOWs, and we got hostages and Iranian money. The TOWs were doctored so they wouldn't work, and we had an interpreter, thank god, who was there and confirmed that. We used the money from the Ayatollah to support a pro-democracy unit in Central America. Is that the right thing to do? Apparently a lot of people decided otherwise. But we didn't have to do things like they did it. I mean think about this. There's an American transport plane right behind the shipment of money, and they're telling me this isn't ransom? It defies reality. Why didn't somebody ask that at the press conference today?