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White House: 'No Deal' on Prisoner Swap with Iran at this Time

White House: 'No Deal' on Prisoner Swap with Iran at this Time

Tuesday, 14 March, 2023 - 06:30
National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan answers questions at the White House in Washington, US, May 18, 2022. REUTERS/Evelyn Hockstein

The White House said on Monday there was no deal on a prisoner swap with Iran at this time, and the United States is continuing to engage with Iran over how to get home Americans unjustly detained there.

"There's no deal. And the last thing that we want to do is give false hope to families that have been waiting for a long time for their loved ones to come home," White House National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told state TV on Sunday that Tehran and the United States had reached an agreement to exchange prisoners.

"Regarding the issue of prisoner swaps between Iran and the US we have reached an agreement in the recent days and if everything goes well on the US side, I think we will witness a prisoner exchange in a short period," Amirabdollahian said.

"On our part everything is ready, while the US is currently working on the final technical coordination," he added.

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