0819 GMT November 30, 2020
In an interview with ICANA on Wednesday, Zarif said Iran’s Foreign Ministry has already proposed the idea of exchange of all Iranian and American prisoners in all parts of the world.
However, Zarif added, “The issue of bargaining over two arrested spies with the US is a complete lie,” according to Tasnim News Agency.
“We have put forward a suggestion for the comprehensive exchange of prisoners of the two sides. We have inmates held in various countries on the US’ orders, and have prisoners inside the US as well. We have people in the United States of America that have even served their illegal sentences, but the Americans prevent their return to Iran,” he deplored.
Last December, Iran freed US citizen Xiyue Wang, who had been held for three years on spying charges, and the United States released Iranian stem cell scientist Massoud Soleimani.
Soleimani was on a sabbatical when he was arrested by US authorities upon arrival in Chicago a year ago and transferred to a prison in Atlanta, Georgia on charges of violating US sanctions on Iran.