Diplomat dismisses reports of prisoner swap with US

TEHRAN, May 03 (MNA) – Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Majid Takht-Ravanchi has rejected recent reports which claimed that Iran and the US have agreed to a prisoner swap.

“This news is not confirmed,” he said on Saturday night in reaction to a report by Al-Mayadeen that claimed the two countries may conduct an exchange of prisoners with Tehran handing over four suspects in espionage cases to Washington.

Additionally, US may unfreeze $7 billion of Iranian assets, said the report, citing unnamed Iranian officials. 

Earlier, Washington had also dismissed the report. Ned Price, the US State Department Spokesman said, "Reports about the prisoners’ swap agreement (with Iran) are not true. As we said, we always raise the issue of prisoners detained or missed in Iran, and we will not stop until we bring them back to their families,” Al Jazeera reported.

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