WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — 5 People arrived safely in america early Tuesday, as a part of a prisoner swap with Iran that additionally launched almost $6 billion in Iranian property.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated: “I’ve no larger precedence, and the President has no larger precedence, than ensuring that People who’re unjustly detained wherever can return dwelling.”
However whereas the Biden administration celebrated, Republicans like Sen. Mitch McConnell criticized the deal.
“Sadly, the deal that secured their launch often is the newest instance of President Biden rewarding and incentivizing Tehran’s dangerous conduct,” McConnell stated.
In truth, McConnell criticized the administration’s general technique towards Iran, which he stated “emboldened a state sponsor of terrorism that will be a nuclear aggressor.”
Nonetheless, Blinken stated the administration is dedicated to Iran returning to the nuclear deal — which former President Trump terminated.
“We stay decided to take any obligatory step to deal with Iran’s actions in a full vary of areas,” Blinken stated.
The Biden administration stated america would oversee the launched funds.
“The cash was transferred to a different financial institution the place we’ve absolute supervision over how it’s used, and it could solely be used for humanitarian functions,” Blinken famous.
Regardless of the prisoner change, tensions are more likely to stay excessive between america and Iran as Iran has continued to stockpile uranium.