US denies reports Iran poised to free four Americans

a man wearing a suit and tie: White House chief of staff Ron Klain, who on Sunday denied reports of a prisoner swap with Iran © CHIP SOMODEVILLA White House chief of staff Ron Klain, who on Sunday denied reports of a prisoner swap with Iran

A senior White House official on Sunday denied reports from Tehran that an agreement had been reached with Iran for the release of four Americans detained there.

"I can tell you, unfortunately, that report is untrue," White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"There is no agreement to release these four Americans. We're working very hard to get them released. So far there is no agreement to bring these four Americans home."

Klain's comments followed reports on Iranian state television, quoting "an informed source," that the US side had agreed to release $7 billion in frozen Iranian funds and free four Iranians accused of bypassing sanctions in exchange for the release of four Americans accused of spying.

The state TV also reported that British-Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, who has been held in the country since 2016, was being freed after "payment of military debt."

But British officials played down the report, with the foreign office saying discussions were "ongoing."


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US denies reports Iran poised to free four Americans