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Monday, September 18, 2023

The five, all of whom had been designated as wrongfully detained, were freed as part of a wider deal that includes the US unfreezing $6 billion in Iranian funds.



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Iran Releases Americans in Deal Aimed at Easing Mideast Tensions

... As part of the swap, the Biden administration is releasing five Iranians held in US custody. But the most controversial element was the US move to allow Iran to access $6 billion in oil revenue that had been frozen in South Korean banks due to sanctions.

The US says that money can be used solely for food, medicine and other humanitarian purposes, but Iran has said it can spend the funds as it wishes. In any case, critics in Washington contend it will free up funds Iran can spend on what they call its malign activity in the region.

The moves follow months of mostly secret diplomacy between Tehran and Washington, with talks conducted via interlocutors such as Oman and Qatar.

Although US officials have said there's no bigger deal in the works, they've also said that freeing the prisoners removes at least one obstacle to broader diplomacy aimed at restoring limits on Iran's nuclear program. ...

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2023-09-18 02:50 PM | Reply

Republicans will have a field day with this.

Taking their cue from Trump . . .

Some will blame Biden for giving away the store.
Some will blame Biden for waiting so long.
Some will blame Biden for collaborating with Iran.
Some will blame Biden for collaborating with Russia.
Some will blame Biden for enriching Iran's military arsenal.
Some will blame Biden for trading prisoners for campaign money vis-a-vie Hunter Biden secret dark money connections.

No Republican will give Biden credit for making the right deal at the right time to bring American prisoners home.

As an aside, I just heard on the news that a couple Iranian prisoners in the swap are asking to stay in America.

#2 | Posted by Twinpac at 2023-09-18 03:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

What were the Americans doing there in the first place.

#3 | Posted by bat4255 at 2023-09-18 03:50 PM | Reply

He also noted that American Bob Levinson still remains unaccounted for more than 16 years after what Blinken said was his abduction in Iran.

"We are also thinking of Bob Levinson who ... is presumed to be deceased. Bob's legacy lives on powerfully in the Levinson Act which is giving us new and powerful tools to crack down and deter the practice of taking Americans unlawfully to try to turn them into political pawns, and to abuse the international system in that way," he said.

Glad to read a shoutout to Bob in the article too.

#4 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2023-09-18 04:13 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The art of the deal.

Under the previous 'artist' these guys were parked in an Iranian jail, with no release in sight. Just sayin'...

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2023-09-18 05:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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