Iran Claims Republicans Tried To Delay Return Of US Prisoners Until After The Election

Tasnim News  – Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said a recent prisoner exchange between Iran and the US went ahead as planned despite calls by Republicans for a delay until US presidential elections.

“In the course of the talks for exchanging prisoners, the Republican rivals of the current US administration who claim to be humanitarians and advocates of human rights sent a message telling us not to release these people (American prisoners) and continue this process (of talks) until the eve of US presidential elections,” Shamkhani said Thursday in an address to a rally held in the central city of Yazd to mark the 37th anniversary of the 1979 Islamic Revolution’s victory.

“However” he said “we acted upon our independent resolve and moved the process forward.”

Snopes is currently categorizing this as “unproven“. Given the Reagan hostage shenanigans and the recent attempted Republican derailment of the Iran nuclear disarmament deal, people are prepared to not be surprised if this turns out to be true. Headline swiped from Politico.

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