Iran Wants Prisoner Swaps, Not Talks

Iran Wants Prisoner Swaps, Not Talks

Throughout the entire year, Iran has been a thorn in America’s side with all the defiance of policies and broken negotiations.  For the past few months, Iran has said they are done talking and want Washington to remove the sanctions.  That will never happen until Iran complies, but they are willing to discuss swapping out prisoners among each other.  It is not the talks we wish to discuss, but it is a step toward negotiations that are taken into consideration.  There is hope, but according to the U.S. Cabinet spokesman, negotiations concerning denuclearization between Washington and Iran are off the table.

Iran released a Chinese-American this past weekend, which was held prisoner for the last three years for alleged espionage charges.  Xiyue Wang, a scholar from Princeton, was released for Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani.  Soleimani was charged and went through a federal trial in Georgia for violating sanctions and bringing biological materials back to Iran.

The U.S. spokesman, Ali Rabiei, stated, “We are ready to cooperate to return all Iranians unlawfully imprisoned in the U.S.  However, there will be no other negotiations with the U.S. beside this issue.  Any further negotiations would be possible through the so-called 5+1 framework.”  This is the five permanent U.N. Security Council members plus Germany.  Iran is still saying they will not release any more until sanctions are removed by the U.S.

The negotiations for the prisoners took place in Switzerland and happened indirectly.  There are no clear signs this would release the tensions between Iran and the U.S., but as long as the sanctions are in place, there will always be tensions because Iran is stubborn and still is not backing down from their stance.  The question is, how much longer can Iran go?  Because their economy is crumbling under the effects.  The U.S. will not back down either.

Through the crackdown, according to Amnesty International, over 200 people have lost their lives.  No death tolls or figures have been confirmed, but all of the deaths are related to the tensions.  Other prisoners from America and other countries will be used as pawns in Iran’s attempts to negotiate their desires.  U.S. Navy veteran Michael White and environmentalist Morad Tahbaz are both held for espionage charges and face a 10-year sentence.

An 83-year-old Baquer Namazi, along with his son, is also prisoners facing 10-year sentences for collaboration with a hostile power.  Namazi will be unable to leave Iran even though he is freed, due to he is on a prison furlough.

Questions remain about a former FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared without a trace in Iran back in 2007.  It is unknown if he is alive, captured, or dead, but Iran claims they do not have him.  Levinson’s family is holding Iran responsible for their loved one disappearing and claim Iran knows something.

NPR’s Peter Kenyon stated everything was confirmed on the release by President Trump, and he explained in detail what happened.  Here is his statement, “Well, the first word came from a Mohammad Javad Zarif. That’s the Iranian foreign minister. And he wrote that this Chinese American scholar Xiyue Wang, who’d been arrested in 2016, will be joining his family soon. That’s what Zarif wrote. He also posted about the Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani. He’d been arrested in Chicago last year. Zarif thanked everyone involved, especially the Swiss government, for acting on behalf of the U.S., as it frequently does in matters involving Iran. President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also weighed in, announcing Wang’s coming return to the United States. There’d been some speculation for some time that a prisoner exchange might be possible. And that heated up in recent days. And now it appears to have transpired.”

Kenyon feels speculations at this time can not predict anything.  When speaking about the Soleimani, Kenyon stated, “Forty-nine-year-old Dr. Masoud Soleimani – he was working in Iran. He left on sabbatical, came to the U.S. and was arrested in Chicago on charges of violating trade sanctions against Iran. He was imprisoned. He was apparently nearing release under a plea agreement when this exchange was just announced. Foreign Minister Zarif posted photos of himself with Soleimani flying back to Iran.”

Kenyon concluded the interview with this thought of hope, “But, you know, this exchange does show that Iran and the Trump administration can agree on something. And in this case, I’d say the families of Xiyue Wang and Masoud Soleimani are the primary beneficiaries.” This is so true!


40 thoughts on “Iran Wants Prisoner Swaps, Not Talks

  1. …Iran can kiss our combined asses; if anything changes it should be more sanctions, and then when they retaliate, blow their shit away…

    1. We should either MOAB or Nuke all of their Military and Nuke Sites … make them GLOW in the dark and send them back to the Stone Age !

  2. Don’t negotiate with them. Muslims think evil continually. Iran wants their guiltless killers back. They want destruction. They honor they that kill and destroy in the name of the being, that they bow down to. They are Jihading aginst you. That is all they know.

  3. Don’t negotiate with them. Muslims think evil continually. Iran wants their guiltless killers back. They want destruction. They honor they that kill and destroy in the name of the being, that they bow down to. They are Jihading against you. That is all they know.

  4. They want what Obama gave them.One point nine($1.9)billion dollars; the biggest robbery of the US Treasury and the biggest traitorous act by anyone any where in history.The radical muslim BHO did that as he was exiting the WH and he is FREE to mess around with our elections.He has often stated to Prof Gruber of Obamacare fame that American voters are stupid .He proved that by being elected twice.

  5. Not saying anything other then Bob Livenson is still there. He should have come home when Obama made the one sided deal. Where is he. His family needs to know and need him home ! I have been praying for his release from the first time Greta Van Sestrun told us about him. I also pray for his family.

  6. It is past time for our most ultra secret branch of the military that we are not supposed to know about, to go in and “off” the Iranian president and his cohorts.

  7. The BEST thing to do is MARCH on IRANIAN soil, DESTROYING everything in OUR path and TAKING our prisoners. And, IRAN can’t stop us. Team Trump and his allies 2020 – KAGA (Keep America Great Again).

  8. One must wonder if Iran really knows how close to “toast” they really are. Iran’s already in the toaster’s bread slot, the browning setting is at “dark”, and a hand is on the lever to lower the bread into the toaster if they make just one minor misstep. A minor misstep would be for Iran to invite Obama and/or Kerry to Iran for talks. If that was ever again to happen, Iran should make no plans for the following day. There will be no following day for Iran…

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