US, Iran release prisoners in US$6 billion swap deal

US Senator Mitt Romney has denounced the president's US$6 billion deal with Iran to swap five prisoners, saying it will lead to 'kidnappings'. – EPA pic, September 19, 2023.

THE United States and Iran yesterday swapped five prisoners each in one of the arch-foes’ first deals in years as Tehran gained access to US$6 (RM28) billion in frozen funds.

The five Americans freed by Iran, including one held for eight years, flew out of Tehran in a Qatari jet, hours after the unblocked funds were deposited in accounts also managed by Qatar.

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