Iran’s Foreign Ministry called on US officials to stop “repeating empty offer of aid” and let Iranians use their “frozen money” kept in other countries due to US unilateral sanctions against Iran.
"US keeps repeating empty offers of 'aid,'” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh wrote on his Twitter account on Wednesday criticizing US for pretending to be willing to support the Iranian nation on the one hand, and on the other, preventing them from using their own money being kept in other countries.
“Here's an idea: Put ur policy where ur mouth is, Just stop blocking Iranian people's right to use their own money frozen in Korea, Iraq & Japan, to be used for food & medicine-amid pandemic. Simple. Ask OFAC to allow South Korea to send our $ to Switzerland," Khatibzadeh added.
The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is a financial intelligence and enforcement agency of the US Treasury Department. It administers and enforces economic and trade sanctions in support of US national security and foreign policy objectives.
Trade relations between Iran and South Korea have sharply declined under the US pressures.
Millions of dollars of Iran’s oil money are being kept in the South Korean banks and they refuse to release the money duunder the pretext of US pressures.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry denounced South Korea’s “blind” obedience to the US in June, saying Seoul has no right to freeze Iranian assets.
Chairman of Iran-South Korea Chamber of Commerce Hossein Tanhaei announced later that Iran's frozen assets in South Korea were between $6.5 billion and $9 billion.