“We hope that the process of returning (home) all Iranians who are imprisoned in the United States will continue. We have repeatedly said that Iran is fully ready to exchange all prisoners. The responsibility for delays in this issue lies with the US government,” Rabiei said during a broadcast press conference.
In early June, Iranian authorities released US Navy veteran Michael White, who was convicted of insulting the country’s Supreme Leader. In turn, the US authorities released Dr. Majid Taheri, who was accused of violating anti-Iranian sanctions and spent 16 months in an American prison.
Also, in late December, Iran released an American student, Wang Xiyue, who was accused of espionage, and the US dropped charges against an Iranian biologist, Masoud Suleimani, who was also charged with violating US sanctions against Iran.
The US has repeatedly called on Iran to release American citizens in detention. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Tehran is ready to exchange prisoners with Washington, indicating that “the ball is on the American side.”