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Iranian official: Held US citizens discussed at nuke talks

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s deputy foreign minister says Iranian diplomats discussed the case of Americans still held captive by Tehran. The issue was raised on the sidelines of negotiations in Vienna earlier this month that led to the landmark deal on curbing Iran’s nuclear program.

Abbas Araghchi told reporters in the Iranian capital on Wednesday that cases of “imprisoned citizens” were discussed with their American counterparts during the nuclear talks.

He says “humanitarian” reasons had motivated the discussion but did not elaborate.

It was the first confirmation by the Iranians of any talks that may have involved the fate of former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, and retired FBI agent Robert Levinson.

Araghchi spoke on the first anniversary of Rezaian’s arrest on espionage charges.

By AP