The United States immediately rejected a report by an Iranian state-run broadcaster between Washington and Washington that detainees would be exchanged and that Tehran would receive billions of dollars.
An unnamed official quoted by Iranian state TV as saying on Sunday that the agreement reached between the United States and Tehran involved a prisoner exchange in exchange for a b 7 billion release for frozen Iranian funds.
An unnamed Iranian official was quoted in a state TV report as saying that British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghri-Ratcliffe would be released once Britain pays Tehran for military equipment.
An official at the British Foreign Office denied the report.
Iranian state TV quoted the official as saying: “The Americans agreed to pay 7 7 billion and exchange four Iranians who were active in keeping four American spies out of sanctions who had served part of their American sentence.” It did not name the Iranians that Tehran wanted to be free.
US State Department spokesman Ned Price immediately denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Iran’s intelligence have been made more than once.
“The news that a prisoner exchange agreement has been reached is not true,” Price said.
“As we have said, we always raise the issue of Americans trapped or missing in Iran. We will not stop until we are able to reunite them with their families. ”
Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klein, also denied the US report, telling CBS’s Facebook Nation: “Unfortunately, this report is untrue. There was no agreement on the release of these four Americans. ”
“We are working very hard to free them,” Klein said. “We raise this all the time with Iran and our dialogue, but no agreement has been reached yet.”
News: In the news of the exchange with a prisoner #Iran @WHCOS Ron Klein reports jdickerson: “Unfortunately, this report is untrue. There was no agreement on the release of these four Americans.” pic.twitter.com/aLIrHlEneg
– Nation Face (reeFreeTheation) May 2, 2021
Iran’s ambassador to the United Nations, Majid Takht-e Ravanchi, could not confirm the report after Sunday, adding that Tehran had always called for a full prisoner exchange with Washington.
Tehran has now jailed four known Americans. Among them are Baker and Siamak Namazee, environmentalist Murad Tahbaj and Iranian-American businessman Imad Shargi.
Iranian state television reports that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is in a relatively wide-ranging power struggle between the moderate government and the hardliners. The conflict has intensified as Iran’s June 16 presidential election approaches.
The broadcaster, which has long been controlled by extremists in Vienna, has similarly encouraged anonymous reports of global opposition to diplomats, trying to negotiate a return to its nuclear deal with world powers.
It was immediately clear in Sunday’s report whether Rouhani was represented in any other way to disrupt talks with officials or to sabotage any possible talks with the West over frozen funds and prisoner exchanges.
There is no treaty for the national liberation of the United Kingdom
Iran’s state television also quoted the official as saying that the UK had agreed to pay যুক্ত 400 million ($ 53 million) to watch the release of Jaghari-Ratcliffe.
British officials have denied the report. The State Department says the country continues to explore alternatives to the 40-year-old case and will not comment further as legal talks continue.
Last week, Jagri-Ratcliffe was given a sentence Extra years in prison, In 2009, his lawyer accused him of spreading “propaganda against the system” to take part in a protest in front of the Iranian embassy in London.
He, his supporters and rights groups have denied the allegations in a statement issued Friday stating “Similar, baseless allegations concerning Iran’s intelligence have been made more than once.
He was detained at Tehran airport in April 2011 while working for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, a news agency charity, as he was returning home to Britain after a family visit.
Jagari-Ratcliffe’s husband, Richard Ratcliffe, told the Associated Press that he was not aware of any changes to the work.
“We didn’t hear anything,” he said. “Of course we wouldn’t do that, but my instincts have to be questionable at the moment.”
Earlier on Sunday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic RAB told the BBC that he believed Jaghari-Ratcliffe had been “illegally” detained by Iran in such a way as to “torture” him.
“I think he has been treated the most offensively and abusively,” the RAB said.
“I think that the way it has been treated is tantamount to torture and that the Iranians have a very clear, unequivocal obligation to release the OK and all those who have contributed immediately and unconditionally.”
Negotiations are underway
Last week, cabinet spokesman Ali Rabei hinted that there could be a prisoner exchange between Iran and the United States, saying the idea was “always on the agenda” and confirmed his “readiness” to target the judiciary.
His remarks follow a statement from a Foreign Ministry spokesman who said Tehran was expecting a substantial detention of prisoners as part of ongoing talks in Vienna. The 2015 nuclear deal underwent similar changes with world powers.
Tehran is now in talks with both the world and the United States over its return to its 2015 nuclear deal, which saw it limit its uranium enrichment in exchange for lifting economic sanctions.
As the talks continued, Iranian negotiators made encouraging remarks, with state TV revealing the most positional position, citing unnamed sources.
Even Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Aragchi, who led the talks, last week took to Twitter to lash out at Iran’s state-run English-language Press TV.
I don’t know who is the “informed source” of the Vienna Press TV, but he is certainly not “informed”.
– Syed Abbas Aragchi (aragchi) April 20, 2021
Aragchi writes, “I don’t know who the ‘references’ to the Vienna Press TV are, but he is certainly not ‘informed’.