President Joe Biden has been heavily criticized for the $6 billion he authorized in an Iran prisoner swap earlier this year that many believe contributed to the funding effort of the Hamas-led terrorist attack on Israel last week.
The president and his administration have sworn over and over again that the $6 billion had nothing to do with the attacks, and repeated talking points that the pile of cash was only for "humanitarian" purposes for Iran, and hasn't been touched.
Even so, as a result of the pressure regarding the issue, there was growing buzz that the United States and Qatar, where the money is being held, would make an attempt to freeze the funds or otherwise make them unavailable.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken claimed in an interview on Thursday that the Biden administration “retain[ed] the right to freeze” the money again if necessary, though he added, confusingly, that Iran had “always been allowed to use” the money so long as it went to “humanitarian” expenses.
But Iranian leaders aren't having it.
According to Breitbart, in multiple statements issued by Iran on Thursday and Friday, the regime insisted that the $6 billion cannot be touched by the United States.
"The US government knows that it can NOT renege on the agreement," Ali Karimi Magham, a spokesman for Iran at the United Nations, said on Thursday.
He added, "The money rightfully belongs to the people of Iran, earmarked for the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to facilitate the acquisition of all essential requisites for the Iranians."
An Iranian state-affiliated outlet, Nour News, also insisted on Thursday that despite reports of the “quiet understanding” on the funds, “there has been no change in the issue of Iran’s access to its foreign exchange resources in Qatari banks.”
It was also later reported that the funds were actually now in Iranian bank accounts, giving the country full access to the funds as needed.
A PressTV reported noted:
We received an official letter from the Qatari authorities yesterday, according to which the accounts of Iranian banks had been activated, and today, 5.573 billion and 492 thousand euros have been deposited into the accounts of six Iranian banks at two banks, Al Ahli and Al Dukhan,” the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Mohammad Reza Farzin
Hamas leaders have also gone on record to insist that the attack on Israel received direct backing from Iran. The country has been estimated by the United States to funnel as much as $100 million per year to the terrorist organization.
Many have argued that since money is fungible, Iran, even if they didn't have direct access to it at the time, relied on the funds to boost the Hamas terrorists who attacked Israel.
Investigations are expected, and only time will tell which side is lying.