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WorldUS resident freed by Iran to Trump: 'Get back your hostages'

19:40  12 june  2019
19:40  12 june  2019 Source:   msn.com

Iran agrees to release U.S. resident jailed for spying: Lebanon

Iran agrees to release U.S. resident jailed for spying: Lebanon Nizar Zakka was arrested in Tehran in 2015 after being invited by the Iranian government to attend a conference on women and sustainable development. In August 2017, an Iranian court upheld a 10-year prison sentence and $4.2 million fine against Zakka for unspecified espionage charges. His family and human rights groups have dismissed the charges as baseless. "We have seen news reports about this case," said a State Department spokesperson, who was not authorized to speak on the record. "This is a matter between Lebanon and Iran. We welcome the release of any unjustly held foreign detainees in Iran.

BEIRUT (AP) — A U . S . permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was imprisoned for years in Iran has been freed and is on his way back In 2016, The Associated Press reported that Zakka's supporters wrote to then-Secretary of State John Kerry, stating Zakka travelled to Iran "with the

“Are we simply incentivizing Iran to take further hostages ?” he asked. Bolton is now Trump ’s Frequent personnel shifts at Trump ’s White House and State Department have often left family At the same time, U . S . resident and Lebanese citizen Nizar Zakka is arrested while in Iran to attend a

US resident freed by Iran to Trump: 'Get back your hostages'
US resident freed by Iran to Trump: 'Get back your hostages'
US resident freed by Iran to Trump: 'Get back your hostages'
US resident freed by Iran to Trump: 'Get back your hostages'

BEIRUT — A Lebanese man and permanent U.S. resident who was released after spending years in an Iranian prison called on President Donald Trump and Western countries to "please get back your hostages from Iran," adding that he saw American detainees during his nearly four-year imprisonment.

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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — An Iranian judiciary spokesman says Iran has agreed to hand over a U . S . permanent resident imprisoned for years to Lebanese officials. Beirut official: US resident and Lebanese businessman imprisoned for years in Iran freed , on his way back to his native Lebanon.

Detained US resident freed by Iran , on his way to Lebanon. His release comes as tensions between Iran and the U . S . remain high after President Donald Trump withdrew America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers. An Iranian judiciary spokesman says Iran has agreed to hand over a U . S

In an interview with The Associated Press, Nizar Zakka said he was subjected to "all kinds of torture," both physical and mental, during his detention in the notorious Evin prison in Tehran, including standing on one leg for hours, extended periods of interrogation and lack of food.

"Nobody on earth deserves such suffering," he said in the 30-minute emotional interview during which he broke down in tears at one point.

Zakka, an information technology expert, was arrested in Iran in September 2015 while trying to fly out of Tehran. He had just attended a conference there at the invitation of one of the country's vice presidents. The following year, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison after authorities accused him of being an American spy — allegations he and his associates vigorously reject.

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Iran says EU has failed to salvage 2015 nuclear deal - state TV Iran criticized on Monday the European signatories of its 2015 nuclear deal for failing to salvage the pact after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of it last year and reimposed sanctions, state television reported. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "So far, we have not seen practical and tangible steps from the Europeans to guarantee Iran's interests ... Tehran will not discuss any issue beyond the nuclear deal," said foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi.

Amid rising tensions with the United States , Iran released Nizar Zakka, a 52-year-old Lebanese man and Zakka is reportedly en route back to Lebanon as of Tuesday. Zakka, an IT expert, was arrested after attending They come at a curious time when US is asking for release of its hostages from Iran .

BEIRUT—A U . S . permanent resident and Lebanese businessman who was imprisoned for years in Iran has been freed and was on his way back to his native Lebanon on June 11, a development that comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the U . S . after President Donald Trump withdrew

He was released Tuesday and flew back to his native Lebanon, amid heightened tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Last year, the Trump administration decided to withdraw from the 2015 nuclear deal, and re-impose heavy sanctions on Iran. The past weeks have witnessed a flurry of diplomatic activity to ease tensions and salvage the landmark deal.

Zakka is one of several prisoners with either dual nationality or links to the West held in the Islamic Republic's prisons. It was not clear why Iran decided to act now, after years of Lebanese officials asking for his release.

"In my opinion, it was a good timing for the Iranians, and especially they had a request from the President of the Lebanese Republic," Zakka said. "They took this opportunity to send also a message ... de-escalating tensions within the region."

Zakka told the AP that during his detention he met several Westerners held in Iran, and for two years shared a cell with Chinese-American Xiyue Wang, a Princeton University graduate student sentenced to 10 years behind bars after being accused of "infiltrating" the country and sending confidential material abroad.

"I really ask President Trump to not leave Xiyue behind and other Americans behind, please," he said.

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