18 September 2023

Five U.S. citizens who had been detained in Iran were released, and Iran confirmed the parallel release of five nationals in jail in the U.S. The Qatari foreign ministry confirmed that “as part of the implementation of the agreement, the Iranian frozen funds in the Republic of Korea were transferred to Doha” under what the State Department described as “the Humanitarian Channel in Qatar for Iran to purchase humanitarian goods like food, medicine, medical devices and agricultural products”. The same day, the U.S. sanctioned “Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) in connection with the MOIS’s involvement in the wrongful detention of U.S citizens and former President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for his support to MOIS”, in addition to imposing “visa restrictions on three Iranian government officials believed to be responsible for or complicit in serious abuses or violations of human rights, as well as hostage-taking or wrongful, arbitrary, or otherwise unjust detention of U.S. and foreign nationals”.

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