The United States has begun talks with Iran over the return of five American hostages. This was announced by White House National Security Adviser Jake Silavan.
In an interview with CBS, Sullivan said that “bringing Americans back home safely” is a “top priority” for the Biden administration.
“We have started communicating with the Iranians on this issue. “As they continue to hold Americans hostage unjustly and illegally, we will not receive long-term proposals from them,” Sullivan said, calling Iran’s actions a “humanitarian catastrophe.”
Iran has detained dozens of dual nationals, including five Americans. Tehran accuses them of espionage.
Sullivan says the discussion about the hostages does not end with the issue of a nuclear safety agreement.
Last week, the United States expressed readiness to return to the Iran nuclear deal if Iran fulfills its obligations under the agreement. A joint statement by the foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, France and Germany was published on the official website of the State Department.
Sullivan says “Iran has not yet responded.”
“This is Iran in diplomatic isolation, not the United States. “The ball is in their court now,” said a White House adviser.