Deal to unlock cash part of Iran's respectful diplomacy, "test" for  US, according to Amir-Abdollahian

The recent agreement with the United States over the unblocking of Iran's unjustly frozen cash, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, is a test for Washington.

Iran (IMNA) - In a post on the X social media platform on Wednesday, Amir-Abdollahian claimed that the Iran-US deal, which released $6 billion in Iranian funds that had been unlawfully blocked in South Korea under the guise of US sanctions, was a result of the "dignified diplomacy" advised by Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei.

As commanded by the Leader, Amir-Abdollahian added, "Release & transfer of our funds from South Korea are parts of our dignified diplomacy."

"This deal will put the US to the test again. We will continue our diplomatic efforts to lift the sanctions and get everyone back to their international responsibilities toward Iran because we are on the right path, he continued.

The Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign ministry said on Thursday that "the process of releasing billions of dollars from the assets of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which were illegally seized in South Korea by the United States for several years, has begun."

"Iran has received the necessary assurances regarding America's commitment to its obligations in this matter," the statement continued.

The ministry has pursued the release of the Iranian detainees as a "fundamental duty" in addition to unfreezing the cash, according to the statement, which also brought up the problems with Iranian captives locked up in US jails.

Iranian authorities have previously stated that they will be open to prisoner swap negotiations with the US out of respect for humanitarian concerns, despite having no diplomatic relations with the US.

Upon the completion of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), an agreement between the Islamic Republic and the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council—the United States, Russia, China, Britain, and France—as well as Germany, Iran received limited relief from sanctions.

To return all the sanctions that the deal had lifted, the US exited the accord in 2018 as part of the so-called "maximum pressure" strategy pursued by US President Donald Trump against Iran. Then, on pressure from Washington, the US's partners in the agreement—France, Britain, and Germany—bowled to the sanctions line and suspended their commerce with Tehran.

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