Iran ‘Fully Ready’ to Swap More Prisoners with U.S.

Breitbart | 12/10/2019 | Staff
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Iran indicated Monday it wants to swap more prisoners with the United States following the release of Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani, traded for Chinese-American scholar Xiyue Wang, a graduate student at Princeton.

“After getting our hostage back this week, fully ready for comprehensive prisoner exchange. The ball is in the U.S.’ court,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted on Monday.

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“The United States will not rest until we bring every American wrongfully detained in Iran and around the world back home to their loved ones!” U.S. President Donald Trump riposted in a tweet of his own.

Masoud Soleimani, a 49-year-old biomedical researcher at Tarbiat Modares University in Tehran, was released on Saturday after spending a year in U.S. prison. Soleimani was visiting the United States in 2018 when the FBI arrested him at the Chicago airport and charged him, along with two of his former students, with conspiring to export unauthorized biological materials in violation of U.S. sanctions against Iran.

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The case against Soleimani revolved around whether or not his effort to obtain recombinant proteins to research treatments for stroke patients should have been covered by exemptions to the sanctions for non-commercial uses. Soleimani could have obtained the proteins in Iran, but they would have been about five times as expensive there.

One aspect of the case that particularly irritated the Iranian government was that Soleimani was named in a sealed federal indictment filed almost two years before he was arrested. Prosecutors told the court they had to keep the indictment under seal because Soleimani probably would not have traveled to the United States if he had known he would be arrested.

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The prosecution pointed out that whatever Soleimani and his co-defendants (who lived in the U.S. and were released on bond) might have intended to do with the eight vials of proteins they...
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