Zarif says ‘negotiating table is there’

Al-Monitor – Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif acknowledged today that he had received a letter from Robert C. O’Brien, US special presidential envoy for hostage affairs, asking for the release of detained US citizens.

He also said he had had his deputy write a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, apparently proposing a prisoner exchange, or raising the issue of Iranians arrested for alleged violations of US sanctions laws.

Zarif’s comments about the limited correspondence between his office and the Donald Trump administration comes after he publicly proposed a prisoner swap yesterday, and said he was authorized to negotiate such an exchange.

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