The United States on Sunday denied reports from Tehran that a deal has been signed with Washington and Britain to free prisoners with Western ties in exchange for billions of dollars.
The US State Department Spokesman Ned Price on Sunday denied the hostage deal reports and said, “Reports that a prisoner swap deal has been reached are not true”.
“As we have said, we always raise the cases of Americans detained or missing in Iran. We will not stop until we are able to reunite them with their families,” Price further added.
White House chief of staff Ron Klain also denied the Iranian report on a state TV show, saying, “There is no agreement to release these four Americans. We’re working very hard to get them released.”
Iran is currently holding four Americans in prison, including Iranian-American businessman Emad Shargi, Baquer and Siamak Namazi, and environmentalist Morad Tahbaz.
The Iranian hostages going to be freed for cash report came amid recent indirect talks in Vienna between the U.S. and Iran over the U.S. President Joe Biden’s effort to rejoin the international compact of 2015 with Tehran to curb Iran’s program in building a nuclear weapon.
The former US President Donald Trump had withdrawn from the agreement in May 2018. Tehran claims that its nuclear weapons program is for peaceful purposes but recently it increased its enrichment of uranium.