Iran says US "hikers" spies, proposes prisoner swap

Nov 30, -0001
TEHRAN: Iran's intelligence minister said on Sunday he had no doubt three U.S. citizens arrested last July near the Iraq border are spies and called on Washington to propose a prisoner swap to secure their release.

"Their status as spies is explicit and certain and there is no equivocation in regard to a swap," Heydar Moslehi told reporters on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting, the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

"Our expectation is that the Americans, with their claim on human rights issues, should initiate an action so that we can decide on whether or not there would be one (a swap)," he said. AGENCIES






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