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Smart Take | Five US Citizens are Free After Prisoner Swap with Iran

September 19, 20232:06

Four men and one woman who have been imprisoned in Iran for years are on their way home as part of a prisoner exchange agreement that gives Tehran access to $6 billion in oil revenues previously frozen under US sanctions. USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow Robin Wright provides insights into how the negotiations happened, what pushed Iran to make this deal, and how the $6 billion will be administered. The deal comes after months of indirect talks mediated by Qatar, which began in February of last year.


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Robin Wright

USIP-Wilson Center Distinguished Fellow;
Author and columnist for The New Yorker
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