American graduate student jailed in Iran has been freed

A 38-year-old Princeton University graduate student, Xiyue Wang, had been held on espionage charges since 2016.
1:17 | 12/07/19

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We do have some breaking news right now. An American held in Iran for three years has just been released in a prisoner swap. ABC's Julia Macfarlane is on the story from our London bureau. Julia, good morning to you. Good morning, Dan. This news just breaking this morning, that a 38-year-old American graduate student jailed in Iran had been freed as part of a prisoner exchange. A statement from president trump reads, after more than three years being held prisoner in Iran, xiyue Wang is returning to the United States. A princeton university graduate Mr. Wang had been held under the pretense of espionage since August 2016. We thank our Swiss partners in negotiating his release with Iran. Meanwhile in the U.S., an Iranian scientist arrested and convicted last year for violating trade sanctions against Iran was flown to Zurich. The foreign minister of Iran was there to meet him. Tweeting glad that the professor and Mr. Wang will be joining their families soon. Many thanks to all engaged particularly the Swiss government. This delicate negotiation, of course, comes at a time of high tension between the united States and Iran with both president trump and secretary of state Mike Pompeo recently voicing support for anti-government protests there. Eva. Julia, thank you.

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