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The United States Has Slammed Iran For Delaying Nuclear And Prisoner Swap Discussions

On Saturday, the Biden administration slammed Iran for postponing a possible prisoner swap in order to force a rapid return of indirect nuclear discussions.
The State Department condemned Iran’s deputy foreign minister’s remarks, calling them “outrageous.”
The transfer was being held “hostage” by the United States and UK as part of talks to save the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.
Seyyed Abbas Araghchi claimed in a pair of tweets from his verified account that the Vienna nuclear talks could not continue until Iran’s hardline president-elect is installed in early August.
“We are in a period of change as a democratic transfer of power is taking place in our capital,” he explained.
The nuclear talks will “obviously” have to wait until the new administration takes office.
“Every democracy deserves this,” Aragchi remarked.
He went on to say that the United States
“The United States and the United Kingdom need to grasp this and cease connecting a humanitarian exchange — ready to be implemented — with the JCPOA,” said Aragchi, Iran’s main negotiator at the Vienna negotiations.
“TEN PRISONERS ON BOTH SIDES MAY BE RELEASED TOMORROW IF THE US&UK FULFILL THEIR PARTS OF THE DEAL.” A sixth round of nuclear talks ended last month without agreement, just before Ebrahim Raisi won Iran’s presidential election.
has stated numerous times that it is ready for a seventh round as soon as Iran is ready, as well as demanding for the prompt release of American citizens held in Iran.
In response to Aragchi’s comments, State Department spokesperson Ned Price categorically contradicted the claim, denied that a swap agreement had already been reached, and stated that the United States was committed to the swap.
Even while waiting for the nuclear talks to resume, he was willing to continue talking about detainees.
“These remarks are an unacceptable attempt to shift blame for the current impasse on a possible mutual return to JCPOA compliance,” Price stated.
“We remain ready to return to Vienna to conclude work on a mutual return to the JCPOA once Iran has made the appropriate decisions,” Price said, adding that Aragchi’s reference to the likely immediate release of 10 prisoners on all sides was “just another callous ploy to raise the hopes of their families.”
Price did not respond to Aragchi’s allegation that Iran is undergoing a “democratic transfer of power,” but he did criticize his mention of the United States.
Price said indirect conversations on the detainees had been continuing in the context of the Vienna nuclear negotiations, and the “delay in reopening that process is not helping.” He also said the Iranian government “has been unjustly imprisoned four innocent Americans for years.”
He added that “we are also prepared to continue with conversations on detainees throughout” the current gap because he believed the prisoner talks would be more productive in that scenario.
Former President Donald Trump’s departure from the nuclear deal in 2018 was reversed by the Biden administration, which granted sanctions relief in exchange for Iran returning to full compliance with its obligations.
Iran increased its violations of the accord by running advanced centrifuges and expanding uranium enrichment and heavy water production as the Trump administration increased its “maximum pressure” campaign against it by reimposing sanctions that had been lifted under the initial deal.
Tehran has also declined to respond to questions from the UN’s nuclear inspector regarding possible breaches of other nuclear agreements.

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