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Iran's foreign minister says must 'prove it's serious' ahead of prisoner swap negotiations



Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in an interview that must "prove it's serious" before prisoner exchange negotiations begin.

Zarif made the comment to CBS host Margaret Brennan asked, "what a show of … seriousness" release of some of the five Americans who are incarcerated in Iran, according to a transcript provided to The Hill Saturday.

"We are not expected to show seriousness because we have shown our seriousness by implementing the nuclear deal," Zarif said in an interview that will air Sunday. "It's the United States that needs to prove it's serious."

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"We're not linking the two," he said.

"We've shown that when we say something, we've got it by," he added. Iran has responded to an offer. "

Zarif said:" The United States has said that when they say they do not want to the US made on the matter and is awaiting a reply.

A State Department spokesperson told The Hill in a statement that Iran can show that it is serious by releasing "innocent U.S. persons."

"The Iranian regime can demonstrate its seriousness regarding consular issues, including Iranians who have been convicted or convicted of criminal violations of US sanctions laws, by releasing innocent U.S. persons immediately," the spokesperson said.

"We call on Iran to free all unjustly detained and missing US persons, including Xiyue Wang, Robert Levinson, Siamak Namazi, and Nizar Zakka, among others," the spokesperson added.


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