Speaking to Al Mayadeen TV, an informed source had claimed that in addition to the prisoner swap deal, the US has also agreed to release $7 billion in Iranian frozen assets.
It was claimed that Iran will also release Iranian-British national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in exchange for the United Kingdom’s payment of its 400-million-pound debt.
However, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said while the issue of prisoners has always been on Iran’s agenda, the Sunday report by Al-Mayadeen news network is untrue.
“The issue of prisoners has been a humanitarian issue which has always been on the agenda of the Islamic Republic of Iran and has been pursued through other conversations and [diplomatic] channels separately from the JCPOA or related issues,” Khatibzadeh said.
Khatibzadeh also denied reports that Tehran and London had been in talks over the release of Zaghari, the Iranian-British national who was found guilty of propaganda activities against the Islamic Republic last month and sentenced to one year in prison, shortly after serving her five-year sentence for alleged espionage.
Earlier, US State Department Spokesman Ned Price had also denied any prisoner swap deal with Tehran.