Iran’s President Says American Pastor Might Be Freed if U.S. Releases Iranian Prisoners

NEW YORK — In an interview with CNN on Sunday, the president of Iran stated that his country might free Americans imprisoned in the nation—which includes a pastor from Idaho—if the United States first releases Iranian prisoners.

“If the Americans take the appropriate steps and set [19 Iranians in the United States who are imprisoned] free, certainly the right environment will be open and the right circumstances will be created for us to do everything within our power and our purview to bring about the swiftest freedom for the Americans held in Iran as well,” he told reporter Christiane Amanpour during his visit to New York for the U.N. General Assembly.

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