US anticipates Iran's blocked assets to be transferred to Qatar

According to US State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller, Iran's frozen assets are expected to be transferred to Qatar in the near future. Miller mentioned that the transactions would involve moving the assets from South Korea, through European banks, and eventually into accounts in Qatar. However, he did not provide specific details about the amount of the assets or how they were being used.

Iran (IMNA) - Miller did mention that the US does not have complete visibility into the accounts and their usage, but they have evidence that billions of dollars have been spent, in some cases depleting the accounts entirely. He also emphasized that the US has full visibility into the accounts in Qatar and can take action to prevent any violations of the agreement between the two countries or breaches of US sanctions.

In a recent development, the Biden administration issued a waiver allowing international banks to transfer $6 billion in frozen Iranian assets from South Korea to Qatar without concerns about US sanctions. Additionally, the administration has agreed to release five Iranian citizens who were detained in the United States. The detainees have been identified as Mehrdad Moein Ansari, Kambiz Attar Kashani, Reza Sarhangpour Kofrani, Amin Hassanzadeh, and Kaveh Lotfollah Afrasiabi.

According to recent reports, Secretary of State Antony Blinken has granted sanctions waivers after an agreement in principle was reached between US and Iranian officials. In an exclusive interview, Iranian President Ebrahim Raeisi emphasized that Iran has full authority over its recently-released assets and will decide how to allocate the funds based on the country's needs. He stated that the money belongs to the Iranian people and government, giving the Islamic Republic the right to determine its usage.

Additionally, Iran's permanent mission to the United Nations confirmed that five Iranians detained in the United States for circumventing US sanctions will be released soon as part of a prisoner exchange agreement between Tehran and Washington.

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