Iran acknowledges discussing detained dual nationals with US
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Iran acknowledges discussing detained dual nationals with US

Foreign Ministry spokesman says regime considering prisoner swaps, including for Iranian-American businessman and his 81-year-old father

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran on August 22, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)
Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran on August 22, 2016. (screen capture: YouTube)

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran has acknowledged discussing the fate of detained dual nationals with the United States, saying there have been “positive results” for prisoner trades in the past.

Monday’s comments by Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi mark the first official government acknowledgement of discussing prisoners with the US at a recent meeting in Vienna. That meeting last week focused on implementation of the Iran nuclear deal.

Ghasemi told journalists: “In the past… we had talks for humanitarian reasons with Americans over [swapping] some [American] prisoners with Iranian prisoners jailed in the US and it had positive results too.”

Among the dual nationals held in Iran are Iranian-American businessman Siamak Namazi and his 81-year-old father, Baquer Namazi. They are serving 10-year prison sentences for “cooperating with the hostile American government.”

Siamak Namazi and his father have been sentenced to 10 years in prison each . (Screenshot/CBSN)
Siamak Namazi and his father have been sentenced to 10 years in prison each. (Screenshot/CBSN)

Copyright 2017 The Associated Press.

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