Iranian officers stated on Monday that they are working with the United States to barter a possible prisoner trade in tandem with a nuclear deal.
The U.S. Justice Department stated 16 Iranians are in U.S. amenities, whereas 4 Iranian American twin nationals are being held in Iran.
“These negotiations have progressed significantly and we are waiting for them to be summed up,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh stated in a information convention on Monday, in accordance with Radio Free Europe.
The prisoner negotiations are taking place in parallel with the nuclear talks in Vienna. The U.S. had not decided relating to the prisoners however Khatibzadeh stated it may be as a result of they’re ready on the outcomes of the nuclear negotiations, in accordance with Reuters.
“Now I believe some of them will be released, maybe five or six of them. But those talks about prisoners are not linked to the nuclear agreement, rather associated with it. This is a humanitarian measure by Iran,” an Iranian official instructed Reuters.
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian stated Iran was prepared for a direct prisoner swap. However, U.S. negotiator Robert Malley stated that except Tehran frees 4 U.S. residents Washington stated it’s holding hostage, it is unlikely they may attain an settlement.
“Iran has always and repeatedly expressed its readiness to exchange prisoners. Months ago we were ready to do it, but the Americans ruined the deal,” a senior Iranian official beforehand instructed Reuters.
The 16 Iranian prisoners held in U.S. detention or on supervisor pretrial launch encompass eight Iranian American twin nationals, 4 Iranian residents with U.S. everlasting residency and 4 Iranian residents with no authorized standing within the U.S.
Three Iranian Americans are serving jail sentences for violating U.S. sanctions towards Iran, whereas the fourth was sentenced for conspiring with Iranian officers to plot an assassination of Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the U.S.
The 4 Iranian residents have been charged with both violating U.S. sanctions, conspiracy to promote stolen bank card info on-line, or conspiring to promote heroin for distribution. Three of the 4 Iranian U.S. everlasting residents have been charged with U.S. sanction violations, and the fourth was charged with appearing as an unregistered Iranian agent.
Meanwhile, the U.S. would probably be looking for the trade of Iranian-American father and son Baquer and Siamak Namazi together with Emad Shargi and Morad Tahbaz, who’re being held by Iran, in accordance with Reuters.