The US unfroze Iran’s billions in oil revenues in exchange for the release of 5 Americans

Ekaterina Girnyk17:49, 18.09.23

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The terms of the deal drew sharp criticism in the US from Republicans who accused President Biden of helping finance Iran’s terrorist activities.

Iran has released five American citizens in response to the US unfreezing of six billion dollars in Iran’s oil revenues, as well as the dropping of federal charges against five Iranian citizens.

According to The New York Times , five Americans were scheduled to fly to Doha, the capital of Qatar, on Monday for an exchange with two Iranian citizens. Three others refused to return to Iran, U.S. officials said.

Top aides to US President Joe Biden said financial sanctions and strict monitoring would prevent Iran from spending money on anything other than food, medicine and other humanitarian goods. But they acknowledge that the deal could free up the money Iran is already spending on those goods for other purposes.

The terms of the deal drew sharp criticism from Republicans, who accused Biden of helping finance Iran’s terrorist activities around the world.

At the same time, Biden administration officials said the Iran deal was the only way to secure the release of the five Americans.

The Americans – Siamak Namazi, Emad Sharghi and Morad Tahbaz, and two others who were not named at the request of their families – were jailed on unfounded espionage charges. They have spent the last few weeks under house arrest in Iran after Tehran agreed to release them from prison until the complex process of transferring $6 billion was completed.

The United States is seeking the release of its citizens convicted in other countries

It was previously stated that the United States wants to ease sanctions against the Russian Federation in order to release detained Americans – former Marine Paul Whelan and journalist Evan Gershkovich.

Last April, the White House secured the release of American Trevor Reed, who had been held in Russia since 2019. 

(C)UNIAN 2023


  1. China stops selling drones to Russia, and America gives Iran 6 billion to improve for instance their drone industry. Whats goods, whats bad……………shoot me!

  2. I am not shocked by the action of an American president in this sense. Bring home fellow citizens imprisoned without reason at “all costs”.

    But the timeline is really strange, very damaging for Ukraine.

    Is everything mentioned to the public in this deal? 5/5 prisoners, ?/unblocking of oil revenues.

    I hope there is a hidden card, otherwise it is only the law of S.P.E.C.T.R.E that prevails in this matter.

  3. Biden did stupid things when he started his term in office, hasn’t changed his methodology ever since, and he will continue doing so until he leaves the circus that he created in the White House.
    This is simply pathetic.

  4. Brett McGurk, the National Security Council’s coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, told the Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian that the funds had not previously been frozen; they were held up in South Korea because of that country’s own regulations. Under Trump, Iran spent heavily from similar accounts in China, Turkey, and India. Now that they are released, the funds will have more legal restrictions than they did when they were in South Korea.

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