Iran’s Foreign Ministry says Tehran is ready to implement an "immediate agreement on Iranians imprisoned in America".
Foreign ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani said on Wednesday that the Islamic Republic has repeatedly announced its readiness to deal with the issue of prisoners through various channels to the American side.
“We are ready to implement this agreement so that the innocent Iranians imprisoned in America, who have become victims of the injustice of the judicial system of that country on false charges of violating the cruel and illegal sanctions of the United States, can be released and quickly return to their families,” he added.
He made the remarks a day after numerous American officials reiterated calls on Iran to release American dual nationals imprisoned in Iran, deploring the detention of Iranian-American Siamak Namazi on his 2500th day in Iran's notorious Evin prison.
Iran, which does not allow consular access for dual nationals, holds citizens of several countries including Germany, Austria, and Sweden, as de facto hostages. There have reportedly been Tehran-Washington contacts aimed at a prisoner exchange that would free Iranians jailed in the US, mainly over breaching American sanctions.
In the past decade, Iran's Revolutionary Guards have arrested dozens of dual nationals and foreigners, mostly on unproven allegations of espionage in what human rights organizations have said is essentially hostage taking.