U.S. calls for release of Americans in Iran, denies swap deal

The armed forces identification card of Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati, who has been sentenced to death by Iran's Revolutionary Court on the charge of spying for the CIA, is seen in this undated still image taken from videoWASHINGTON/DUBAI (Reuters) – The United States called on Tuesday for the release of U.S. citizens held in Iran, but denied a report that Washington had proposed a prisoner exchange for a former U.S. Marine. A lawyer for Amir Hekmati, an Iranian-American former Marine jailed in Tehran, was quoted in a report on Tuesday on Iran’s semi-official Tasnim News Agency as saying that the United States had sought his release through a prisoner swap. “Those reports are not accurate,” U.S. State Department spokesman Jeff Rathke told a news briefing. “The U.S. …

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