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Biden can’t collect $6 billion ransom

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The rogue Islamist regime that rules Iran insisted in multiple statements Thursday and Friday that the administration of left-wing US President Joe Biden could do nothing more to prevent Tehran from accessing the $6 billion released for Iranian use in the context of a prisoner exchange in September.

Corporate media confirmed on September 11 that the Biden administration would authorize the transfer of $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets, then held in South Korea, to Iranian ally Qatar for the regime’s use. Iran is the world’s most prolific state sponsor of terrorism and funds have been frozen in response to both the financing of terrorist activities and its long history of human rights atrocities against its own people . The transfer coincided with the sudden release of five US nationals from Iran’s notorious Evin prison, which the regime uses to torture political prisoners.

WATCH – Democratic Rep. Moskowitz: We Should Refreeze Iranian Prisoner Exchange Funds:

“This is not a ransom,” insisted John Kirby, strategic communications coordinator for the White House National Security Council, in August.

The $6 billion transfer drew renewed condemnation in light of the massacre of more than 1,300 civilians, including babies and the elderly in their homes, by the genocidal jihadist organization Hamas in Israel. In a widespread attack on residential communities in Israel that Hamas dubbed “the al-Aqsa Flood,” jihadists massacred families in their homes, killed hundreds at a music festival and filmed themselves celebrating and desecrating corpses. The Palestinian terrorist attack occurred on the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret, the last day of the annual High Holiday cycle.

The Iranian government celebrated the killings with a street party in Tehran featuring free treats and fireworks.

The U.S. State Department estimated in 2020 that Iran pays more than $100 million a year to Hamas and another radical Palestinian group, Islamic Jihad. A Hamas spokesperson told the BBC on Saturday that the Iranian government had offered “direct support” for the massacre.

WATCH – Waltz: Biden must eliminate Iran sanctions waivers, demand Qatar extradite Hamas leader:

The Biden administration is facing renewed condemnation for releasing Iranian assets for use by the regime following the Hamas killings. Senate Republicans introduced a billion on Wednesday, calling for an immediate freeze on assets before they can be used — assuming the White House’s claims that the money was untouched are true.

Several US media outlets reported on Thursday, citing various sources “familiar with the matter”, that Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo told Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives that the Biden administration would reduce Iran’s access to money. The far left New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN have all reported this claim. CNN described Treasury as having discussed the matter with Qatar, where the money is currently located, and reaching a “quiet agreement” that Iran’s requests for access to the money would be refused. However, Iran has not yet requested this money, according to the White House.

“All of this is still in the Qatari bank. Every penny,” White House strategic communications coordinator John Kirby said this week.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken asserted in an interview Thursday that the Biden administration “retains the right to refreeze” the money if necessary, although he confusingly added that Iran had ” always been allowed to use » the money in this way. provided that it is devoted to “humanitarian” expenses.

WATCH: White House Won’t Commit to Freezing Billions in Prisoner Exchange Funds If Iran Was Directly Involved in Attacks on Israel:

“For technical reasons, Iran had difficulty actually using the funds, which it has always been allowed to use for humanitarian purposes, under our sanctions and our laws,” Blinken said of the 6 billions of dollars. medicine, medical equipment. So we transferred the money from an account in South Korea to another account in Qatar, where the money could actually be used.

Blinken insisted, unlike the Iranian government, that the money could only be obtained “under the supervision of our Treasury Department, for humanitarian purposes only.” And not a dollar of that money has been spent to date. And we reserve the right to freeze this account.

Iranian officials insisted they already controlled the cash and that Washington had no power to take it back.

“The US government knows it CANNOT go back on the deal,” Ali Karimi Magham, Iran’s spokesperson at the United Nations, said Thursday. “The money rightfully belongs to the people of Iran and is intended for the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to facilitate the acquisition of all essential necessities for Iranians. »

WATCH — White House: Whether Iranian prisoner exchange will encourage more hostage taking cannot be predicted:

Iranian state media PressTV on Thursday quoted the country’s President, Ebrahim Raisi, as insisting that Iran has “full authority over its assets” and that there is no challenge to that authority at the time of going to press. An Iranian state-affiliated media outlet, Nour News, also insisted Thursday that despite reports of a “quiet deal” on the funds, “there has been no change in the issue of Iran’s access to its foreign exchange resources in Qatari banks.

PressTV reported that the money in question was currently in Iranian bank accounts, meaning they were under the control of the Islamic regime.

PressTV had reported that Iran regained access to the money on September 18, citing regime officials.

“Yesterday we received an official letter from the Qatari authorities, according to which the accounts of Iranian banks were activated, and today 5.573 billion and 492 thousand euros were deposited in the accounts of six Iranian banks with two banks , Al Ahli and Al Dukhan,” Central Bank of Iran Governor Mohammad Reza Farzin reportedly confirmed at the time.

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