Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham, who was speaking to reporters, made the remarks as she was asked about an alleged exchange of Iranian nationals who have been imprisoned in the US with an Iranian-American prisoner Amir Mirza Hekmati.
Afkham asserted that Iran is sensitive about the fate of its nationals imprisoned in other countries, noting that nearly 15 Iranians are currently held in the US.
The Iranian diplomat also said that Iranian prisoners are held under inhumane circumstances in the US under unsound pretexts.
She further pointed to Iran’s nuclear talks and noted that the Iranian delegation to the nuclear talks had also held talks with the US negotiators over the release of the prisoners on the sidelines of their nuclear negotiations.
The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman further pointed out that the next round of talks will be held in the Swiss city of Geneva on January 15 and said that the talks are going to be held at the level of deputy foreign ministers.
She also pointed out that expert-level talks are likely to be held in the context of the nuclear talks, in case needed.