Iran Claims Alleged American Prisoners’ Release May Take Months

The Iranian Foreign Ministry stated on Monday it might use up to 2 months to complete the “procedure” of launching 5 American hostages after President Joe Biden’s reported $6 billion ransom payment.

The Foreign Ministry likewise indicated the $6 billion in unfrozen properties from South Korean banks may not be enough, ominously musing that Iran has assets frozen in Iraq as well.

“The contracts were signed with an expectation that they will be executed within two months. We view the potential customers for their execution on time with optimism, because, according to the details we have, the operate in this direction is continuing well,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said on Monday.

Kanaani claimed the “handover procedure” for Iranian properties in Iraq has begun, and “a few of them have actually already been moved out of Iraq.” He provided no more information.

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President Biden steps down from Flying force One after landing at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport in Avoca Thursday, August 17, 2023. (The Times-Tribune via AP)

The Biden administration has also been extremely tight-lipped about the captive deal. No formal announcement has actually been made to date– whatever the American people understand about the arrangement was leaked anonymously to news networks in an orchestrated backdoor media rollout on August 10.

Under the regards to the deal as fed to reporters by confidential “sources,” Iran would launch 5 U.S. citizens held under phony “espionage” charges in exchange for accessing to $6 billion in possessions frozen in South Korean banks after former President Donald Trump withdrew from the Iran nuclear handle 2018. The longest-held of these captives, Siamak Namazi, was apprehended in October 2015.

The administration publicly praised Iran for moving four of the five hostages from Tehran’s hideous Evin Prison into house arrest and provided assurances Iran would only have the ability to use the unfrozen funds for food and medication purchases but has actually made few other public remarks about the deal.

The truth that Iran can invest the $6 billion it suddenly does not have to earmark for food and medicine on other tasks dear to its extremist theocratic regime– such as financing Shiite insurgent militias in surrounding countries like Iraq– is a subject the Biden White House and its apologists prefer not to discuss.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi’s statement recently that the unfrozen funds would be utilized to “improve domestic production,” not buy humanitarian products, has likewise gone undiscussed.

Administration sources said on August 10 they anticipated it would take a number of weeks for Iran to release its prisoners, however Kanaani’s time frame of approximately two months is somewhat longer than expected.

South Korean media reported on Monday that Iran’s assets have actually currently been moved to the central bank of Switzerland, from which they will be disbursed to Iran. The report said the Swiss National Bank plans to transform South Korean won to dollars and euros at the rate of about 4225 million a day for the next 5 weeks, which is suspiciously close to the time frame the Iranian Foreign Ministry gave for launching the put behind bars Americans.

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