The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman responds to the US State Department’s accusations regarding the prisoner exchange, and confirms that his country is ready to release 10 prisoners from all sides, but America denies this fact.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh confirmed on Sunday that Iran is ready from this moment to implement the prisoner exchange agreement with the United States and Britain, within the framework of the humanitarian agreement with the two sides, to release 10 prisoners from all sides.
In a tweet on his Twitter account, Zadeh said it was “surprising that the United States is denying this simple fact of the agreement on the release of prisoners.”
Zadeh added that, “in addition to the nuclear agreement, the Vienna talks dealt with the agreement with the United States and Britain regarding the release of 10 prisoners from all sides, and that Iran is ready until this moment to implement this agreement.”
“Outrageous”=the US denying simple fact that “there IS an agreed deal on the matter of the detainees.” Even on how to announce it.
Humanitarian swap was agreed with US & UK in Vienna-separate from JCPOA- on release of 10 prisoners on all sides.
Iran is ready to proceed TODAY.
— Saeed Khatibzadeh (@SKhatibzadeh) July 18, 2021
For his part, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei said in his weekly press conference:Talks continue to free Iranian prisoners Within the framework of the country’s interests, and we will announce its results later.”
The US State Department had announced that it was ready to continue the talks, but the Iranians asked for more time due to the transitional period in their country.
The US State Department’s statements come hours after the tweet of Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi, who confirmed that “Vienna talks will resume after the formation of a new government in Iran“This is a necessity for any democracy,” he added.
“We are now going through a transitional phase, and there is a democratic transition of power currently underway in Tehran,” Araqchi said.
He added: “It is clear that the Vienna negotiations should wait for the new government in Iran.
Araqchi continued, “The states and Britain should realize this issue and stop linking a humanitarian exchange – ready for implementation – and the nuclear agreement,” considering that “making the exchange (prisoner exchange) hostage to political goals will lead to the loss of the exchange as well as the agreement.”
And the Deputy Foreign Minister said that “10 prisoners from all sides can be released tomorrow, Monday, if the United States and Britain fulfill their obligations in the agreement.”
from her side, accused The US State Department said in a statement that Tehran evaded responsibility for the deadlock in the Vienna nuclear talks. It also denied reaching any agreement on the exchange of prisoners.
In the statement, the Foreign Ministry denied reaching an agreement regarding the Americans detained in Iran, noting that Araqchi’s statements in this regard are aimed at “strengthening hope for their families.”