The Obama administration is defending a payment made in January to Iran, at the same time four American hostages were freed.

FOX's Jon Decker has more from the White House:

Confirmation from the Obama Administration that it airlifted the equivalent of $400 million in cash to Iran this past January.

Republicans call it ransom money aimed at securing the release of the four detained Americans.

But State Department spokesman John Kirby on FOX News denied the cash transfer was a quid-pro-quo.

(Kirby) This was a separate process. I understand that people want to draw a connection. I get that. But it's simply not there.

Kirby said the cash transfer was the first installment paid in a $1.7 billion settlement the Administration reached with Iran to resolve a failed 1979 arms deal.

At the White House, Jon Decker, FOX News.