U.S. And Iran Agree To a Prisoner Exchange

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Xiyue Wang, left, was arrested in Iran while researching Persian history for his doctoral thesis [Princeton University via Reuters]

ABC News Online: Iran-US prisoner exchange sees release of US scholar for Iranian scientist

Iran and the US have conducted a prisoner exchange that saw a detained Princeton scholar released for an Iranian scientist held by America, marking a rare diplomatic breakthrough between Tehran and Washington after months of tensions.

In a trade conducted in Zurich, Switzerland, Iranian officials handed over Chinese-American graduate student Xiyue Wang, detained in Tehran since 2016, for scientist Massoud Soleimani, who had faced a federal trial in Georgia.

While the exchange represents a rare win for both countries, it comes as Iran still faces crushing US sanctions and the aftermath of nationwide protests that reportedly saw over 200 people killed.

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WNU Editor: This is just more proof to me that there are a lot of back-channels at work between the U.S. and Iran.

More News On The U.S. And Iran Agreeing To a Prisoner Exchange

Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held scientist — AP
United States and Iran swap prisoners in rare act of cooperation — Reuters
Iran releases American graduate student in prisoner swap — The Hill
American student Xiyue Wang freed in prisoner swap after three years in Iran jail — NBC
US and Iranian men released in prisoner swap — BBC
US scholar released in Iran, jailed Iranian scientist freed in prisoner swap — DW
Iran frees Chinese-American scholar for US-held Iranian scientist — Al Jazeera
U.S. hopes U.S. citizen’s release means more progress possible with Iran — Reuters
Factbox: Reactions to Iran-U.S. prisoner swap — Reuters

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