Five Americans, previously jailed in Iran, have returned to the US after a controversial prisoner swap. The exchange took place after $6 billion in Iranian funds held in South Korea was released. These funds, which have caused a stir among US politicians, are meant only for humanitarian purposes. The five released from the US were Iranian citizens, with three opting not to return to Iran.
- A controversial prisoner swap led to the release of five Americans previously detained in Iran; they arrived in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
- The deal was cemented after releasing $6 billion of Iranian money from South Korea to banks in Doha.
- Of the five Iranians released from US custody in the exchange, three chose not to return to their homeland.
- US President Joe Biden cautioned Americans about the dangers of traveling to Iran, even as he announced new sanctions on Iran.
- The redirected Iranian funds, meant for humanitarian use, have sparked concerns among some US politicians about potential misuse, though the US government emphasizes its ability to monitor the funds’ usage.