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State Department denies reports of prisoner swap with Iran

The State Department on Sunday denied reports of a prisoner swap deal between the United States and Iran.

“Reports that a prisoner swap deal has been reached are not true,” State Department spokesman Ned Price stated in a press release. “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.”

Iran state tv reported Sunday that Iran had agreed to free 4 American prisoners in alternate for 4 Iranians being held within the U.S. and the discharge of billions in frozen Iranian {dollars}, in keeping with The Associated Press and Reuters.

White House chief of workers Ron KlainRon KlainSunday exhibits preview: Biden hits the highway to advertise infrastructure proposals; US begins withdrawal from Afghanistan Partisan divides widen in Biden’s first 100 days The Hill’s Morning Report – Biden handle to Congress will dominate busy week MORE additionally denied the reports throughout an look on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

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“Unfortunately, that report is untrue. There is no agreement to release these four Americans. We are working very hard to get them released. We raise this with Iran and our interlocutors all the time. But so far there’s no agreement to bring these four Americans home,” Klain stated.

Meanwhile, discussions about reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal are persevering with in Vienna because the U.S. seeks to rejoin the settlement and get Tehran again into compliance. White House nationwide safety adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanNorth Korean official says Biden’s feedback on nation are ‘hostile coverage’ Sunday exhibits preview: Biden hits the highway to advertise infrastructure proposals; US begins withdrawal from Afghanistan Overnight Defense: Army report confirms Vanessa Guillén was sexually harassed earlier than her dying | Biden cancels military-funded border wall initiatives MORE signaled Sunday that officers are nonetheless removed from reaching an settlement to revive the deal, formally generally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which President BidenJoe BidenFires, smoke, floods, droughts, storms, warmth: America wants a local weather resilience technique Sen. Susan Collins pushes again 28 % company tax fee, saying jobs could be misplaced Biden financial adviser frames infrastructure plan as obligatory funding MORE pledged to do on the marketing campaign path.

“There is still fair distance to travel to close the remaining gaps, and those gaps are over what sanctions the United States and other countries will roll back. They are over what nuclear restrictions Iran will accept on its program to ensure that they can never get a nuclear weapon. And our diplomats will keep working at that over the coming weeks to try to arrive at a mutual return to the JCPOA,” Sullivan stated.

“We’re hoping to continue to make progress, and we’re hoping ultimately to achieve the objective that President Biden has laid out,” he continued.

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