Iran’s government spokesperson remarked that “negotiations are under way on the exchange of prisoners between Iran and America, and we will issue more information if Iranian prisoners are released and the country’s interests are secured and the talks reach a conclusion”. “Iran is ready to exchange all American political prisoners in exchange for the release of all Iranian prisoners who have been detained around the world at the behest of America”, he added. Relatedly, a U.S. diplomatic spokesperson noted “indirect but active discussions taking place”, and also indicated that “we are treating the issue of detainees independently from discussions of the JCPOA”. “We’re also working with our allies, many of whom also have citizens currently arbitrarily or wrongfully detained by the Iranian Government”, he added. “Iran’s unjust imprisonment of U.S. citizens for use as political leverage, it’s abhorrent, it’s outrageous. Our priority is bringing these individuals home as possible and resolving the cases of missing and abducted U.S. citizens just as quickly as we can”.
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