A prisoner swap between the United States and Iran was anticipated to happen on Monday, based on a spokesman for the Iranian Foreign Ministry, after two years of high-stakes negotiations.
As a part of the deal, the United States had agreed to unfreeze $6 billion in Iranian oil income and dismiss federal costs towards a number of Iranians accused of violating U.S. sanctions.
The announcement at a information convention in Tehran from the spokesman, Nasser Kanaani, got here as President Biden and Ebrahim Raisi, Iran’s president, had been to attend the annual United Nations General Assembly assembly of world leaders on Tuesday. The spokesman’s remarks had been printed on the web site of the Iranian information company ISNA.
Mr. Kanaani mentioned 5 Iranians, a number of of whom are everlasting residents of the United States, had been anticipated to be launched. It was not instantly clear precisely how most of the Iranians would return to Iran, though Mr. Kanaani mentioned it will be two.
Five American prisoners a few of whom had been held for years in Evin Prison, some of the infamous detention facilities in Iran, had been anticipated to be launched as a part of the deal.
The Americans — Siamak Namazi, Emad Sharghi and Morad Tahbaz, in addition to two others who haven’t been named at their households’ request — had been jailed on unsubstantiated costs of spying.
They had spent the final a number of weeks in Iran in dwelling detention after Tehran agreed to launch them from jail whereas the $6 billion switch, an advanced course of, was accomplished.