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Keep Iranian funds frozen, 12 attorneys general tell Biden

"Stop giving sanctions relief to the Islamic Republic of Iran," the dozen chief lawyers wrote.

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Washington must stop releasing money to Iran, the attorneys general of Iowa, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah and Virginia wrote to U.S. President Joe Biden in mid-March.

“Your administration has already given almost $1 billion to the U.N. agency that employed terrorists. We urge you to stop before compounding the problem by giving access to as much as $10 billion to one of the world’s top funders of terrorism—Iran,” the 12 chief state lawyers wrote.

JNS reported in December that a Biden administration official revealed, seemingly for the first time, that Iran had made “transactions” on funds released by Washington.

“As our states’ top law enforcement officials, we write, five months after the horrific Iran-sponsored terror attack on Israel and five months into non-stop Iran-sponsored terrorism directed against U.S. interests, to urge you to stop giving sanctions relief to the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the 12 wrote.

“We do not know whether more transactions have been conducted using Iran’s frozen terror fund,” they added. “But we do know what Iran has been doing with its money since you issued the November waiver: attacking and killing Americans, attempting to shut down international shipping through the Red Sea and launching non-stop terrorist attacks against Israel on multiple fronts.”

“Given our duty to enforce state money-laundering and terrorism statutes, and our deep concern for our national security, we ask that you keep Iranian funds—in Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Oman and anywhere else—frozen,” they wrote.

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