Breaking News: Biden Secures Agreement with Iran to Release American Detainees in Exchange for Iranian Prisoners and $6 Billion in Funds
The Biden administration has reached a deal with Iran to release five imprisoned U.S. citizens. In exchange, Iran will free convicted Irania...
The Biden Administration Reaches Deal with Iran to Release Imprisoned U.S. Citizens
The Biden administration has reached a deal with Iran to release five imprisoned U.S. citizens. In exchange, Iran will free convicted Iranian criminals and have billions of dollars of its oil revenue unfrozen, which has been locked up due to sanctions. Iran is known as the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism.
Release of Imprisoned Americans
According to The New York Times, five Iranian American dual citizens who have been unjustly imprisoned in Iran on false spying charges for the past two years have been released into house arrest. The individuals are currently staying at a hotel that is being guarded by Iranian officials. Jared Genser, one of the lawyers representing the imprisoned Americans, provided this information.
Plans for Release of Iranian Nationals and Transfer of Assets
The Biden administration plans to release Iranian nationals convicted of evading U.S. sanctions and transfer around $6 billion of Iran's assets in South Korea to an account in the central bank of Qatar. However, there are no guarantees about what will happen next, according to Jared Genser, a lawyer representing one of the detainees.
Control of Funds and Departure of Americans
According to sources, Qatar will have control over the funds and will only allow Iran to access the money for humanitarian purchases. The Americans involved will only be permitted to leave once the funds have been transferred to a Qatari account. They will be flown to Doha, the capital city of Qatar, as the country played a significant role in negotiating this arrangement.
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