The news about the exchange of prisoners between the US and Iran continues to be denied one after another. In his statement, White House Spokesperson Jen Psaki stated that there is no agreement between the US and Iran regarding the exchange of prisoners, and emphasized that the agreement was not part of the Vienna talks. “The reports that an agreement was reached to replace prisoners at the weekend were not true,” Psaki said.
“Currently, there is no agreement on the release of these 4 Americans,” Psaki said, adding that efforts to bring Americans arrested in Iran home are increased “at the highest level” through direct and indirect channels between Washington and Tehran. Psaki also emphasized that the issue was not raised as part of the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Action Plan and bring both the US and Iran to the terms of the nuclear deal.
CLAIMED THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE USA AND IRAN
The Lebanese-based Al Meyadin channel, known for its proximity to Iran, claimed that the US and Iran agreed on a mutual exchange of prisoners. The report, based on an unnamed source, claimed that Iran would release 4 US citizens accused of spying in exchange for 4 Iranian prisoners held in the US, and the US would return $ 7 billion of frozen Iranian funds.
THE US DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN ALSO LIEED
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price denied the news in the press about prisoner swaps and used the expressions “The reports that a prisoner swap agreement has been reached are not true.” “As we have said, we always bring up Americans who are detained or disappeared in Iran. He said, “We will not stop until we reunite them with their families.”
On the other hand, Ron Klain, the General Secretary of the White House, stated in a television program he attended that the news that an agreement was reached in prisoner exchange was not true and there was no agreement on the release of 4 US citizens detained in Iran. “We are working hard to release them,” said Klain, saying “We always bring this up, but so far there is no agreement.”