Iran releases US journalist Rezaian and 3 others in return, the U.S. will pardon or drop charges against seven Iranians, six of whom are dual U.S.-Iranian citizens — accused or convicted of violating U.S. sanctions.
Iran will release four detained Americans in exchange for seven Iranians held or charged in the United States, U.S. and Iranian officials said Saturday in a major diplomatic breakthrough announced as implementation of a landmark nuclear deal appeared imminent. A fifth American detained in Iran, a student, was released in a move unrelated to the swap, U.S. officials said.
Sanctions Lifted Against Iran After Nuclear Watchdog Verifies Compliance
The International Atomic Energy Agency verified Saturday that Iran was in full compliance, triggering the removal of sanctions imposed by the United Nations, United States and European Union.
“Today is a good day for the Iranian people,” the Islamic Society of North America news agency quoted Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, who was in Vienna Saturday, the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, as saying before the sanctions were officially lifted.