US says Iranian claims of prisoner swap deal are a ‘cruel lie’

US State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at the daily briefing at the State Department in Washington, February 25, 2022. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)
US State Department spokesman Ned Price speaks at the daily briefing at the State Department in Washington, February 25, 2022. (Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP)

The US dismisses claims by Iran’s foreign minister of an imminent prisoner swap deal as a “cruel lie.”

US State Department spokesperson Ned Price calls the comments “another especially cruel lie that only adds to the suffering of their families.”

“We are working relentlessly to secure the release of the three wrongfully detained Americans in Iran,” Price says. “We will not stop until they are reunited with their loved ones.”

A separate statement from the White House’s National Security Council also calls the remarks “false.”

“Unfortunately, Iranian officials will not hesitate to make things up, and the latest cruel claim will cause more heartache for the families of Siamak Namazi, Emad Shargi and Morad Tahbaz,” the council says.

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