Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Shamkhani said the release of a US-based Iranian scientist and US Navy veteran in Iran was not the result of talks between Tehran and Washington, Tasnim reported.

According to his tweet, US President Donald Trump is trying to use the release of American national Michael White from Iranian custody as a political gimmick as he seeks to draw public attention away from his numerous failures.

“The prisoner swap has not been the result of negotiations and no talks will be held in the future (between the US and Iran),” said Shamkhani.

Earlier, US Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said during a phone briefing that the US expected Tehran to respond to proposals for a new deal on the Iranian nuclear program.

According to him, the new deal on the nuclear program will be in the interests of the Iranian people.

Trump said Thursday that the release of American Michael White from a jail in Iran showed that deals with Tehran are possible.