Free Iranian citizens, Iran tells US in response to Trump

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July 22, 2017 21:19
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Iran demanded on Saturday that the United States release Iranians detained there, a day after US president Donald Trump called on the Islamic Republic to release three US citizens.

"America should quickly release Iranian prisoners in the country," foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, according to the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA).

On Friday, Trump urged Tehran to return Robert Levinson, an American former law enforcement officer who disappeared in Iran more than a decade ago, and to release businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer, both jailed on espionage charges.

Trump warned that Iran would face "new and serious consequences" if the three men were not released.

The statement capped a week of US.rhetoric against Tehran, which announced last Sunday that another US citizen, Xiyue Wang, a graduate student from Princeton University, had been sentenced to 10 years in jail on spying charges.

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