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U.S. Veterans, Families Urge Biden Admin Not to Release Billions in Frozen Funds to Iran Until Terror Cases Settled

The U.S. this month agreed to allow Iran access to some funds frozen in South Korea.
U.S. veterans, families urge Biden admin not to release billions in frozen funds to Iran until terror cases settled
Missiles are displayed during a rally to commemorate the 42nd Victory anniversary of the Islamic Revolution in Tehran on Feb. 10, 2021, on Feb. 10, 2021.Morteza Nikoubazl / NurPhoto via Getty Images

NBC News

U.S. military veterans and their families on Thursday called on the Biden administration not to release frozen funds to Iran as part of nuclear negotiations until American victims of terrorist attacks carried out by the Tehran regime or its proxies are compensated.

More than 1,000 veterans and family members of those killed or wounded in bombings and other attacks in Iraq and elsewhere issued the appeal in a letter to President Joe Biden, asking that he meet with some of the families whose loved ones were killed.

“We share your view that Iran must never be allowed to develop or acquire nuclear weapons, but we do not believe that any sanctions on Iran should be lifted or suspended that result in the release of frozen funds until all outstanding judgments and pending claims against Iran and the IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps) have been fully satisfied,” said the letter obtained by NBC News.

“In our view, Iran’s frozen funds should go first to the regime’s American victims before a single dollar goes to the regime itself,” it said.

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