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US Statement on Prisoner Exchange

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) steps from his plane upon his arrival in Vienna, Austria, on what is expected to be "implementation day," the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met all conditions under the nucl

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (C) steps from his plane upon his arrival in Vienna, Austria, on what is expected to be "implementation day," the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verified that Iran has met all conditions under the nucl

The U.S. State Department confirmed details of the prisoner exchange with Iran in a statement issued Saturday afternoon:

“Through a diplomatic channel that was established with the focus of getting our detained U.S. citizens home, we can confirm Iran has released from imprisonment four Americans detained in Iran: Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, Jason Rezaian and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari. Iran has also committed to continue cooperating with the United States to determine the whereabouts of Robert Levinson.

"We offered clemency to seven Iranians, six of whom are dual U.S.-Iranian citizens, who had been convicted or are pending trial in the United States. The United States also removed any Interpol red notices and dismissed any charges against 14 Iranians for whom it was assessed that extradition requests were unlikely to be successful.”

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