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Xiyue Wang, a Sino-American man detained for three years in Iran, and Massoud Soleimani, detained in the United States, will soon be able to join their relatives, Iranian diplomatic chief Mohammad Javad Zarif announced on Twitter.

Donald Trump said Chinese-American Xiyue Wang, 38, was returning to the United States.

Wang was arrested in Tehran back in August of 2016 for alleged espionage.

"Many thanks to all engaged, particularly the Swiss government", which has looked after USA interests in Iran in the absence of diplomatic ties, Zarif said.

Iran released video in November 2017 of Wang allegedly trying to smuggle documents.

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Princeton University, where Mr Wang was studying as a postgraduate, said in a statement it was "overjoyed" with the news of his release and was looking forward to "welcoming him back to campus".

Speaking at a press briefing at the US State Department, Brian Hook, US Special Representative for Iran, said among those killed were at least a dozen children and "many thousands of Iranians" were also wounded. "Many thanks to all engaged, particularly the Swiss government", he said in a tweet. His family and the university have always said he was in Iran for research into a history degree and denied spying. 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.

Soleimani is a medical research scientist whom the United States accused of violating sanctions against Iran by attempting to export biological materials in the form of human growth hormone without being authorized to do so.

Since President Trump withdrew the US 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.

The Trump administration has been seeking to counter Iranian influence throughout the Middle East including in Iraq and Lebanon.

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Hook, who acknowledged that it is hard to pinpoint the numbers, said the US estimates came from crowdsourcing, intelligence and independent reports.

In September, the United States said Iran was responsible for attacks on the major Abqaiq oil processing center in Saudi Arabia. She referenced the fact that Trump had dispatched O'Brien to Sweden on behalf of A$AP Rocky, noting that the arrested rapper "quickly got released".

The increase was largely caused by crippling USA sanctions slapped on Iran's key industries, which have hurt the country's foreign earnings. His elderly father, Baquer, a former Unicef official, was arrested when he went to Iran four months after his son's arrest to try to obtain his release.

Since Wang's detainment in 2016, various graduate students and friends of Wang have been active advocates for his release.

On other issues, Craft said the USA supports extending a Security Council resolution authorizing cross-border aid deliveries to Syria for a year, which according to United Nations humanitarian Mark Lowcock provide support to 4 million people across northern Syria including 2.7 million in the northwest, the last major opposition-held area in the country. Also held is U.S. Navy veteran Michael White, who is serving a 10-year sentence.

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Iran is still holding several other Americans, including Robert Levinson, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent. "We can not be certain, because the regime blocks information". However, early this morning, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed Switzerland's involvement via Twitter.

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