Five Americans who have been imprisoned in Iran are expected to be released Monday as part of a wider US-Iran deal, an Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman has said.

The US government has designated all five Americans as being wrongfully detained.

Speaking at a press conference which was shown on state-affiliated Press TV on Monday, foreign ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said the release “will hopefully be completed” alongside the other elements of the deal.

Under the agreement, $6 billion dollars in Iranian funds that had been held in restricted accounts in South Korea would be transferred to restricted accounts in banks in Qatar.

Sources told CNN the funds came from oil sales that were allowed and placed into accounts set up under the Trump administration.

The agreement also involves the release of five Iranians in US custody.

The release of the Americans would represent a significant diplomatic breakthrough after years of complicated indirect negotiations between Washington and Tehran.

The three who are publicly known to be part of the deal – Emad Shargi, Morad Tahbaz, and Siamak Namazi – had all been imprisoned for more than five years. Namazi had been detained since 2015. The identities of the other two Americans are not publicly known.

This is a developing story. It will be updated…

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