Iran Releases Four Americans in a Prisoner Swap

January 16, 2016 8:48 PM

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Iran Releases Four Americans in a Prisoner Swap

TEHRAN — Iran announced on Saturday that it had released four Iranian-Americans as part of a prisoner exchange with the United States, a move that came as the United States and Iran were negotiating the final steps before the expected lifting of oil and financial sanctions related to Iran’s nuclear program.

The exchange, first reported by Iran and confirmed hours later by Obama administration officials, removed a big source of irritation in the difficult relationship between the two countries, which broke down more than three decades ago during the 1979-1981 Tehran hostage crisis.

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