U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has stated that there is no direct evidence linking Iran to the attack on Israel by Hamas. He cited Iran’s long relationship with the Palestinian militant group as a reason for the U.S. Imposing sanctions on Iranian individuals and companies over 400 times since President Joe Biden’s administration.
Blinken also clarified that the U.S. does not have proof that Tehran was involved in Hamas’ attack, either in planning or carrying it out. Republicans have criticized the Biden administration for a lax approach towards Iran following a prisoner exchange deal.
However, Blinken argued that the attacks are either misinformed or spreading misinformation. The Biden administration has been criticized for its lax approach towards Iran following a prisoner exchange deal.
The US and Qatar have agreed to prohibit Iran from accessing funds from a South Korean bank account resulting from the sale of Iranian oil. The Trump administration established the mechanism, and Iranians were already allowed to spend the money on humanitarian purposes.
The Biden administration allowed transferring the money to another account in Qatar, allowing Tehran to only spend the money on humanitarian goods under the supervision of the US Treasury Department.
The US and Qatar have not used any funds in the account to date, and the right to freeze that account remains. The US secretary of state, John Blinken, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Israel and expressed the US’s commitment to support Israel.