U.S. Pays Iran $6 Billion “Ransom”

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The Biden Administration has reached a deal with the Iranian government to release five detained Iranian-Americans in exchange for the release of several Iranian prisoners jailed in the U.S. and access to $6 billion in sanctioned oil revenue that’s being held in South Korea.  Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken praised the deal after it was announced last Thursday.  But Richard Goldberg, senior advisor at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) was critical of the deal.  Goldberg said, “This is not a prisoner exchange; it’s the largest hostage ransom payment in American history. This money isn’t for humanitarian relief; it’s budget support to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.” Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) was also critical of the deal saying, “This cycle will continue until President Biden stops dancing to Iran’s tune and starts responding firmly and decisively to their aggression.”