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Americans freed from Iran in $6 Billion asset deal, Biden faces political heat

Annisa Essack | kzn@radioislam.org.za
20 September 2023 | 12:00 CAT
2 min read

Photo Credit: Hanford Sentinel

The United States and Iran reportedly conducted a covert prisoner exchange, resulting in the release of five American hostages and five Iranians who were previously held captive by U.S. courts. Additionally, frozen assets worth $6 billion were reportedly transferred as part of the exchange. This development has come as a surprise to many.

The news of South Korea’s indebtedness to Iran has caught many off guard. This transaction has stirred up a political debate, with various Republican leaders condemning President Biden’s choice, claiming it amounts to paying off a country they view as a supporter of terrorism.

The current political backlash has added another layer of complexity to the already complicated situation. The history of U.S.-Iran relations has been defined by turmoil, especially after the 2015 nuclear deal, which aimed to tackle nuclear non-proliferation concerns. The decision of former President Donald Trump to withdraw from the deal, partially influenced by political factors, has only exacerbated the situation, partially influenced by political factors.

The agreement, reportedly having been partially influenced by political considerations, has nevertheless exacerbated the situation. It is widely perceived as a notable setback in the relationship between the two countries.

Dr Stremlau regards the unpredictability of American domestic politics, with its polarization and the potential return of Donald Trump to the presidency, as a significant obstacle to any substantial long-term collaboration. Although there was a recent prisoner exchange and asset transfer between the United States and Iran, which brought momentary relief to those concerned, it is uncertain how this agreement will impact politics and ethical considerations in the broader context.

Listen to the full interview with Sulaimaan Ravat and his guest, Dr. John Stremlau, on Sabahul Muslim here.

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