Iran and US Prisoners – level 3

16-12-2019 15:00

In August 2016, Xiyue Wang, a graduate student at Princeton University was arrested in Iran. Iranian authorities accused him of being a spy and sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

Although US officials denied that Wang was a spy, he was imprisoned in Tehran for more than three years.

On Saturday, Iran and the US conducted a prisoner swap in Switzerland where they swapped Wang for Massoud Soleimani, an Iranian scientist who was facing a trial in Georgia, USA.

The US President, Donald Trump, thanked Swiss authorities who helped negotiate the exchange and said that the US wants to bring home all US citizens who are wrongfully held captive overseas.

Iran is still keeping prisoners from the US and other countries, and this prisoner swap suggests that Iran could offer their freedom in future negotiations.

Difficult words: swap (an exchange), negotiate (to work out a deal between two or more people or groups), hold captive (to keep somebody as a prisoner).

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