0616 GMT September 26, 2022
In a statement on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani reaffirmed Tehran’s commitment and determination to implement the deal concerning the issue of prisoners, calling on the United States to fulfill its commitments rather than “performing theatrical shows”, according to Press TV.
“The Islamic Republic has, through various channels, repeatedly announced its readiness to the American side to address the issue of prisoners, regardless of the JCPOA,” the spokesman asserted, referring to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
He urged the United States to release jailed Iranian citizens without any conditions.
“We are ready to enable emancipation and expeditious return of the innocent Iranians, who have fallen victim to the injustice [practiced] by the U.S. legal establishment based on hollow accusations of violating the oppressive and illegal American sanctions,” Kanaani added.
The agreement was reached in Vienna on the sidelines of negotiations on the JCPOA’s revival.
Tehran has repeatedly said it is ready for a prisoner exchange with the United States based on the agreement, independently of the nuclear deal, which Washington unilaterally abandoned in May 2018 despite Tehran’s full and strict compliance.
Kanaani’s remarks came a day after U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Washington’s point man on Iran, Robert Malley, respectively accused Iran of “wrongful” detention of Americans and holding them ransom for “political leverage”.
Reacting to the hostile rhetoric, Kanaani blasted the United States for performing “theatrical skits” against Iran instead of taking practical measures in eliminating the obstacles that lie in the path of a prisoner swap between the two countries.
Iran has repeatedly urged Washington to release Iranian citizens who have been taken hostage on baseless charges of circumventing U.S. sanctions, condemning the United States for tying the humanitarian issue to the revival of the JCPOA.