“It’s outrageous. The US denies the simple fact that there is an agreed agreement on the issue of prisoners. Even how to announce it,” said Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh. Read also: The death toll from the protests against the water crisis in Iran has increased to 3
“Humanitarian exchanges were agreed with the US and UK in Vienna, separate from the JCPOA, on the release of 10 prisoners on all sides. Iran is ready to continue at this time,” he continued, using the official name of the nuclear deal, as reported by Al Arabiya on Monday (19/7/2021).
Earlier, US State Department spokesman Ned Price denied claims that Washington and Tehran had reached an agreement on a prisoner swap. He said talks were still ongoing and nothing had been agreed.
Price said the remarks were an attempt to raise the expectations of families of US citizens being held unjustly in Iran for families to put pressure on the government.
“We have engaged in indirect talks about detainees in the context of the Winad process and delays in restarting the process have not helped,” Price said. Read also: US: Iran tries to throw blame related to nuclear talks deadlock
“While it would be more effective to make progress if we met in Vienna, we are also prepared to resume talks on detainees during this period.”