National safety adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanSunday exhibits preview: CDC college reopening steering stirs debate; Texas battles winter freeze Erdoğan: Turkey desires to strengthen ties with US after relationship was ‘critically examined’ Biden speaks to Netanyahu for first time since taking workplace MORE on Sunday stated the Biden administration has begun discussions with Iran relating to the American hostages the Islamic Republic at the moment holds.CBS’s “Face the Nation,” host Margaret Brennan requested Sullivan if hostage negotiations had begun, noting that a minimum of 5 American hostages are being held in Iran.“We intend to very straight talk with the Iranians in regards to the full and utter outrage, the humanitarian disaster that’s the unjust, illegal detention of American residents in Iran,” Sullivan stated.“We have begun to speak with the Iranians on this challenge, sure,” Sullivan continued. “And we’ll proceed to take action as we go ahead. And our sturdy message to the Iranians will probably be that it- we is not going to settle for a long-term proposition the place they proceed to carry Americans in an unjust and illegal method. It will probably be a big precedence of this administration to get these Americans safely again dwelling.”Brennan additionally requested if Tehran had responded to a suggestion final week from the U.S. and European Union to fulfill in regards to the 2015 nuclear deal and whether or not the provide nonetheless stood, on condition that Iran had stated it could scale back some entry granted to the worldwide group’s nuclear watchdog.“First, Joe BidenJoe BidenNear 70 lifeless in states with extreme winter climate: report Two extra deaths confirmed in Louisiana associated to extreme winter climate Lawyer who filed swimsuit to reverse 2020 election outcomes referred by choose for self-discipline MORE is intent, decided to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. Second, he believes that hardheaded, clear-eyed diplomacy is one of the simplest ways to try this,” Sullivan responded, affirming that the provide to barter nonetheless stands.“It is Iran that’s remoted now diplomatically, not the United States. And the ball is of their courtroom,” Sullivan stated.The Fars News Agency (FNA), Iran’s semi-official information company, after the interview shared an announcement from Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman that shot down reviews that direct talks have begun.”We have acquired some messages from the Swiss Embassy relating to the alternate of prisoners,” the spokesman stated in a translated Tweet from FNA. “The launch of Iranian prisoners in US prisons is our precedence, however there was no direct dialogue, and this isn’t true.”Switzerland represents the U.S.’s pursuits in Iran.سخنگوی وزارت امور خارجه: برخی پیام‌هایی از طریق سفارت سوئیس در خصوص تبادل زندانیان دریافت کردیم. آزادی زندانیان ایرانی در زندان‌های آمریکا اولویت ماست اما هیچ گفت‌وگوی مستقیمی در کار نبوده و این موضوع درست نیست.— خبرگزاری فارس (@FarsNews_Agency) February 21, 2021