April 15 – Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the government had agreed a preliminary deal to release frozen funds held abroad in a news conference on Wednesday.

Several billion dollars belonging to Iran have been put on hold as a result of US sanctions, and are being held in countries such as China, Japan and South Korea.

The agreement involves an estimated $7 billion, according to Iran’s Tasnim news agency, the same amount South Korea holds in frozen funds for oil shipments. The name of the other country involved in the deal has not yet been announced.

Prisoners inside Iran’s jails are being denied medical treatment and left to die, according to a new report by Amnesty International.

The briefing accuses Iran’s prison officials of deliberately denying inmates lifesaving medical treatment and failing to investigate deaths in custody.

The report analyzed the deaths of 92 men and four women in 30 prisons across 18 provinces, since 2010.

And Roxanne Tahbaz, the daughter of the detained dual national Morad Tahbaz called on the British government to secure her father’s release.

Tahbaz was arrested in 2018 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on spying charges, which he has always denied.

Iranian officials had agreed to place Tahbaz on furlough as part of a deal to release British-Iranians Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and Anoosheh Ashoori, but was returned to prison two days after the arrangement had been finalized.

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