US denies Iran claims of prisoner deal; UK plays it down

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The United States and Iran are in active talks over the release of prisoners, but Washington is denying a report by Iranian state-run television that deals had been struck.

Prisoner swaps between the U.S. and Iran are not uncommon and both countries in recent years have routinely sought the release of detainees.

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Any movement between the two countries is particularly sensitive as the Biden administration looks to restart nuclear talks.

The issue burst into public view with a report in Iran of a deal for the Islamic Republic to release U.S. and British prisoners in exchange for Tehran receiving billions of dollars.