Critics say the money Iran would receive—$10 billion—would be used for the regime’s malign activities, including its support for terrorism.
The United States has extended a waiver to Iraq to allow the country to buy electricity from Iran despite the terrorist attacks against Israel by Tehran-backed Hamas.
A State Department spokesperson confirmed to The Epoch Times that Secretary of State Antony Blinken extended the waiver for another 120 days. Critics say the amount of money Iran would receive—$10 billion—would be used for the regime’s malign activities, including its support for terrorism.
It was the 21st such waiver issued by the United States.
The spokesperson said Iran would not have access to the funds.
“Any notion that the Biden administration has permitted money from Iran’s restricted accounts to enter Iran is false and misleading,” said the spokesperson. “And we have no plans to do so.”
The spokesperson said the funds can be used by Tehran only for humanitarian and other non-sanctionable purposes.
Nonetheless, critics blasted the administration for issuing the waiver.
“They just can’t quit appeasing Iran. It’s all they know,” said Richard Goldberg, who led Iran policy in the National Security Council during the Trump administration.
“It’s somewhere between ideology and pathology,” he told The Epoch Times. “There’s no excuse for giving Iran access to a single penny after October 7, and 55 attacks on U.S. forces since October 17.”
Oct. 7 was when Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, launched an unprecedented surprise attack on civilians in Israel, leading to the biggest single-day massacre of Jews since the Holocaust. Israel has retaliated with aerial and ground operations in Gaza, which Hamas controls.
Senators, expressing outrage over the waiver decision, noted that Iran backs Hamas.
The $6 billion was in exchange for five U.S. hostages held by Iran. However, according to the administration, the payment has not been put on hold and not processed amid the Hamas attacks.
GOP presidential candidates joined the chorus of outrage toward the administration.
“Reckless and dangerous doesn’t even begin to describe the wreckage Biden is leaving behind.”