American academic Xiyue Wang released from Iranian custody

Воскресенье, 08 Дек, 2019

Amid the unrest final month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to as on the Iranian folks to "ship us their movies, images and data documenting the regime's crackdown on protesters" so the USA can "expose and sanction the abuses".

Meanwhile, Western detainees from the USA and elsewhere remain held by Tehran.

Iran's foreign minister said he was glad as he announced the exchange. "Many thanks to all engaged, namely the Swiss executive".

US President Donald Trump said in a statement from the White House on Saturday that Wang was "returning to the United States".

The U.S. government arrested Soleimani in 2018 on charges of violating sanctions against Iran.

"Once Wang finishes an expected medical examination at the US medical facility in Germany, and returns home to his family and colleagues, he'll resume his work on his PhD fulltime", Kotkin wrote.

Iranian security forces were "shooting to kill" in their deadly crackdown against protesters in recent weeks, according to credible video footage, the United Nations human rights chief said Friday.

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency later reported that Soleimani was with Iranian officials in Switzerland.

Craft also told reporters that the Council will meet on December 19 for a briefing focused on the nonproliferation challenges posed by Iran. Later he posted pictures on Twitter of himself with Soleimani talking on board an Iranian plane.

Wang was sentenced to 10 years in prison in April 2017 on two counts of espionage, and was held in Tehran's Evin prison - where many political prisoners and foreign prisoners are detained.

"Throughout Wang's imprisonment, Princeton University had formal and informal conversations with government officials and others advocating for his release", the University official wrote.

A doctoral candidate at Princeton, Wang was conducting research for his dissertation on late 19th- and early 20th-century Eurasian history when he was imprisoned in August 2016.

"Our family is complete once again", reads a statement from Wang's wife, Hua Qu. Our son Shaofan and I have waited three long years for this day and it's hard to express in words how excited we are to be reunited with Xiyue.

Iran's Shiite clerical regime supports Huthi rebels who have seized most of Yemen despite an assault led by USA ally Saudi Arabia.

Wang's wife Hua Qu had appealed for global cooperation to secure his release. That court typically handles espionage cases and others involving smuggling, blasphemy and attempts to overthrow its Islamic government. Iran has detained two Iranian nationals and those with ties to the West in the past to be used as trading currency in the negotiations. He was freed in exchange for an Iranian scientist, Masoud Soleimani, whom the United States had arrested in Chicago in 2018, and subsequently found guilty of violating USA trade sanctions against Iran.

Since President Trump withdrew the USA from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal final 12 months, and imposed financial sanctions on the nation, the nationwide forex collapsed and lots of Iranians have seen their financial savings evaporate as jobs stay scarce. He had been facing charges of violating USA sanctions against Tehran.

The Pentagon is considering sending several thousand additional troops to the Middle East to help deter Iranian aggression, amid reports of escalating violence in Iran and continued meddling by Tehran in Iraq, Syria and other parts of the region.

Hook said the government's reaction showed that the regime has had to rely on brute force and was losing support even with its traditional working-class base.

"I hope, pray, and expect that this is not a one-time trade but the beginning of an expedited process that will bring my family home soon", Babak Namazi, Siamak's brother, said in a statement.