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Iran has denied reports of a US prisoner exchange

Iran has denied reports of a US prisoner exchange

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Tehran: Iran on Monday denied media reports that a prisoner exchange agreement had been reached with the United States, which is tantamount to nuclear talks with both rivals.

“Reports from informed sources cannot be confirmed, as stated in the past,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzada told a news conference. But he added that “plans and ideas always have to be adopted here”, without elaborating.

On Sunday, Iranian state television and other agencies quoted an “informed” source as saying that Tehran and Washington would exchange prisoners. Sources said, “Under pressure from the (US) Congress in the nuclear file and the need for immediate results,” the Americans agreed to pay seven US dollars and release four Iranians … in exchange for four American spies. A senior White House official also denied the report on Sunday.