US Denies Iran’s Claims of Prisoner, Cash Swap; UK Downplays

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—The United States on Sunday immediately denied a report by Iranian state-run television that deals had been reached for the Islamic Republic to release U.S. and British prisoners in exchange for Tehran receiving billions of dollars. Even after an initial American denial, an anchorwoman on Iranian state TV still repeated the announcement. “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,” the anchorwoman said. She described the claimed deal as coming due to congressional pressure on President Joe Biden and “his urgent need to show progress made in the Iran case.” State TV did not identify the Iranians that Tehran sought to be freed. State Department spokesman Ned Price immediately denied the Iranian state TV report. “Reports that a prisoner swap deal has been reached are not true,” Price said. …
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