Iran Urges US To Take Practical Action On Prisoner Swap


The Iranian Foreign Ministry called on the US government to make up its mind about the exchange of prisoners and make a final decision as the two sides have come to a series of understandings through mediators. 

In comments at a press conference on Monday, Nasser Kanaani denounced the US for imprisoning innocent Iranian nationals under the pretext of having a role in bypassing the cruel anti-Iran sanctions.

“Understandings have already been reached with the other side (the US) through mediators, but the American side has unfortunately not been ready for decision-making, while Iran is pursuing the issue,” he said.

Kanaani called on the US government to get prepared to make a final decision about the exchange of prisoners.

He further decried Washington’s paradoxical conduct on the talks over the revival of the 2015 nuclear deal, saying the US’ insistence on negotiations to address JCPOA-related issues is in contradiction to its policy of creation of a new legal framework to intensify the sanctions against Iran. “This is a clear paradox.”

Deploring the US government’s “addiction to sanctions”, the Iranian spokesman said the sanctions that have turned into a tool in the US’ foreign policy will get nowhere against Iran.

On June 16, the US Treasury Department announced a set of tough economic sanctions against Iran.

In remarks in March, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei stressed the need for the countries sanctioned by the US to cooperate with each other and form a united front to destroy the weapon of sanctions.

Tasnim News Agency

Tasnim News Agency, which claims to be a private news agency in Iran but is reported be close to the IRGC, was launched in 2012. Its purpose is to cover a variety of political, social, economic and international subjects along with other fields.

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