US Denies Reports Iran Poised To Free Four Americans

UK downplays reported release of ‘torture’ victim Zaghari-Ratcliffe

Klain's comments followed reports on Iranian state television, quoting "an informed source", that the USA side had agreed to release $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds and free four Iranians accused of bypassing sanctions in exchange for the release of four Americans accused of spying.

The dueling reports came a day after parties to the Iran nuclear agreement adjourned a third round of negotiations in Vienna aimed at bringing the United States back into the accord, and as Russian delegates expressed "cautious and growing optimism" for a solution.

On Sunday, Iranian state TV suggested the United Kingdom had paid the £400m debt - but the United Kingdom government said nothing had changed.

The story cited an unnamed Iranian official, but a State Department spokesman told Fox News that no deal has been struck.

But Washington denied the report, saying suggestions of a prisoner swap were "not true". "As we have said, we always raise the cases of Americans detained or missing in Iran".

"The reports that we had over the weekend linking that work with the incarceration and the arbitrary detention of British dual nationals I think was completely inappropriate - they are separate issues, one massively predates the other".

In addition, the state TV report quoted the source as saying Britain had agreed to pay $552 million for the release of a British-Iranian woman, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe.

Peter Aitken is a NY born-and-raised reporter with a focus on national and global news. The Foreign Office said that the country continues "to explore options to resolve this 40-year-old case and we will not comment further as legal discussions are ongoing".

According to the media outlet, Tehran might hand over four suspects in espionage cases to Washington.

"No", he replied. "Again, we're working hard to bring these Americans home".

Dominic Raab told the BBC's Andrew Marr that Iran had an to release Mrs Zaghari Ratcliffe 'immediately and without condition'
Dominic Raab told the BBC's Andrew Marr that Iran had an obligation to release Mrs Zaghari Ratcliffe 'immediately and without condition'

"Release of Nazanin Zaghari in exchange for UK's payment of its 400 million pound debt to Iran has also been finalized".

The dual national was sentenced to an additional year in prison last week on charges of spreading "propaganda".

She was convicted of plotting the overthrow of Iran's government, a charge that she, her supporters and rights groups deny. "I think it amounts to torture the way she's been treated and there is a very clear, unequivocal obligation on the Iranians to release her and all of those who are being held as leverage immediately and without condition".

"I think she's been treated in the most abusive, tortuous way", Raab said.

She was taken to custody in 2016 at Tehran's Imam Khomeini airport in 2016, after a visit with her husband and daughter to see her family in the country.

"That is not actually the thing that's holding us up at the moment, it's the wider context as we come up to the Iranian presidential elections and the wider elections on the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) which, inevitably from the Iranian perspective, the two are considered in tandem".

Tehran says its nuclear weapons program is for peaceful purposes but has recently increased its enrichment of uranium.

"But it feels part of the negotiations rather than the end of them". That even saw Abbas Araghchi, the Iranian deputy foreign minister leading the talks, offer a rebuke on Twitter last week to Iranian state television's English-language arm, Press TV.

"It was however welcome to hear Dominic Raab refer to her torture this morning on Marr".

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