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

December 30, 2014 6:53 PM

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

WASHINGTON (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 U.S. Marine jailed in Tehran, was quoted in a report earlier on Tuesday on Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency as saying that the United States had sought his release through a prisoner swap.

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