Washington yet to respond to call on a prisoner swap without preconditions, says Iran

File photo of Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei. (AFP)

Iran is ready for a full prisoner exchange with the United States, Iranian government spokesman Ali Rabiei was quoted as saying by Khabaronline news website on Sunday, adding that Washington has yet to respond to Iran’s call on a prisoner swap.

“We are ready to exchange Iranian and American prisoners and we are prepared to discuss this issue but Americans have not responded yet,” Rabiei said, according to Khabaronline.

“We are worried about the safety and health of Iranians in jail ... We hold America responsible for Iranians’ safety amid the new coronavirusoutbreak,” Khabaronline quoted Rabiei as saying.

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