President Joe Biden mentioned america would preserve piling “prices” on Iran regardless of a prisoner swap deal that freed 5 Individuals on Monday.
Joe Biden confirmed that he was imposing new sanctions on Iran’s intelligence ministry and former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his or her involvement in “wrongful detentions.”
“Right now, 5 harmless Individuals who had been imprisoned in Iran are lastly coming residence,” Joe Biden mentioned in a press release.
Joe Biden mentioned that “as we rejoice the return of those Individuals, we additionally keep in mind those that didn’t return,” together with Bob Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran and is presumed lifeless.
“We are going to proceed to impose prices on Iran for his or her provocative actions within the area,” Joe Biden mentioned.
His assertion didn’t point out the granting of clemency to 5 Iranians jailed or awaiting trial for non-violent crimes, which a US official introduced earlier.
Joe Biden has confronted extreme criticism from his Republican opponents over the deal, which got here to fruition after the discharge of $6 billion in Iranian funds lengthy frozen by US ally South Korea.
He thanked the governments of Qatar, Oman, Switzerland and South Korea for his or her “tireless efforts” to make the deal occur.
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