Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has previously made such a proposal.
The United States is ready to discuss the exchange of Iranians imprisoned in the United States for Americans convicted in the republic with the Iranian authorities. This was stated on Wednesday at a regular briefing by the deputy head of the press service of the State Department, Jalina Porter.
She was asked to comment on the words of Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who again made an offer to exchange prisoners. “We are always ready for constructive cooperation with Iran. We invite them to join us at the negotiating table. And this is just one of many issues that we would like to discuss with Iran, and we are open to this,” the diplomat said.
Earlier, Zarif said that Tehran has no reason to negotiate with the United States at this stage. According to him, Iran wants to see coordinated actions on the part of Washington to return to compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on the nuclear program.
On December 14, 2020, the deputy head of the Iranian judiciary for International Affairs, Ali Bagheri, said that the US authorities hold about 15 Iranian citizens, whom they accuse of trying to circumvent US sanctions.
The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, decided in 2018 to withdraw from the JCPOA. This agreement was signed with Iran by the five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany in 2015. The current head of the US administration, Joe Biden, has repeatedly signaled his readiness to return the US to the JCPOA.