Both Washington and Tehran have denied that deals had been made for Iran’s release of US and British prisoners in exchange for billions of dollars in contrary to an earlier Iranian state TV report.
“Some sources say four Iranian prisoners are to be released and $7 billion are to be received by Iran in exchange for releasing four American spies,” said the report.
The report also said that British-Iranian national Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe would be released when Britain pays off a decades-old debt of 400 million pounds ($553m) it owed Tehran,
US State Department spokesman Ned Price denied the report and said that it was not true.
“As we have said, we always raise the cases of Americans detained or missing in Iran. We will not stop until we are able to reunite them with their families,” said Price.
The UK echoed the US and said that it will continue to explore options to resolve the case and will not comment anymore until legal discussions have finished.
Iran foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh claimed that the state media report could not be confirmed and that the issue of swapping prisoners is still being reviewed by both sides.
“The news of the agreement for the release of American prisoners (in Iran) is not confirmed,” added Iran’s envoy to the United Nations Majid Takht Ravanchi.