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The United States has agreed to swap prisoners with the Islamic Republic of Iran as well as releasing $6 billion in previously frozen funds. A blanket waiver, issued by President Joe Biden’s State Department on September 11th, will allow international banks in South Korea to transfer $6 billion to Qatar’s central bank for Iran’s use without triggering U.S. sanctions. Congress was informed of the deal on Monday, despite Secretary of State Antony Blinken reportedly having signed off on the agreement last week.
The five Iranian prisoners held by the U.S. to be swapped are reported to be: Mehrdad Moein Ansari, Kambiz Attar Kashani, Reza Sarhangpour Kafrani, Amin Hassanzadeh, Kaveh Afrasiabi.
Kambiz Attar Kashani and Reza Sarhangpour Kafrani were imprisoned “…for conspiring to illegally export U.S. goods and technology to end users in Iran…” in violation of U.S. sanctions according to the Department of Justice. Kaveh Afrasiabi was arrested for acting as an unregistered foreign agent for Iran, having lobbied both Congress and the State Department for policies favorable to the Islamic Republic. Michigan resident Amin Hasanzadeh was imprisoned for stealing a U.S. company’s trade secrets and conspiring to share them with the Iranian military through his brother who still resides in Iran. Mehrdad Ansari was also imprisoned over a scheme to circumvent U.S. sanctions.
At this time it is unclear what, or who, the U.S. will receive from the Islamic Republic of Iran as part of the agreement.