The five American citizens (dual nationals) who had been imprisoned in Iran are on their way toward freedom, having been flown from Tehran to a Doha airport where they will be swapped for two Iranians who had been imprisoned in the US. "Simultaneously, the three other Iranian prisoners who lived in the US have been freed," Iran's Nournews said. Axios has also confirmed the Americans have been freed from Evin prison.
On Monday two Qatar banks received the transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian money from South Korea via the SWIFT international payment system. The Biden administration had issued a sanctions waiver to make it happen without running afoul of US law. Amid the swap unfolding, news wires are reporting this unexpected development:
BIDEN SANCTIONS FORMER IRAN PRESIDENT AFTER PRISONER SWAP: AFP
Former U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper to Neil on Iran prisoner swap deal: "It is not just a swap. It is a ransom payment" pic.twitter.com/s4sfD3DbbF— Neil Cavuto (@TeamCavuto) September 16, 2023