Iran Reveals Names in Potential U.S. Prisoner Swap Amid Asset Transfer

What You Need To Know

Iran has officially named the five individuals it hopes to see released in the United States, as part of a potential exchange for five Iranian-Americans currently held in Tehran, along with the transfer of billions in assets formerly held by South Korea.

This move coincides with the Biden administration’s issuance of a sweeping waiver for global banks, enabling the seamless transfer of $6 billion in previously frozen Iranian funds from South Korea to Qatar.

The Details:

Ali Karimi Magham, a spokesperson for the Iranian mission, confirmed the list of sought-after prisoners.

The individuals in question include Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi, facing charges related to foreign agent registration; Mehrdad Ansari, sentenced in 2021 for the procurement of equipment with potential military applications; Amin Hasanzadeh, charged with stealing engineering plans for transmission to Iran; Reza Sarhangpour Kafrani, accused of unauthorized export of laboratory equipment; and Kambiz Attar Kashani, sentenced for the acquisition of high-grade U.S. electronic equipment.

The U.S. State Department refrained from comment, citing the sensitivity of the ongoing process.

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