Iran prisoner swap: 5 freed Americans on way back to U.S.

Siamak Namazi, Morad Tahbaz, Emad Shargi and two others left Iran on Monday.

Five Americans who spent years imprisoned in Iran were freed on Monday as part of a complex and delicate diplomatic deal that saw five imprisoned Iranians released from the United States.

Siamak Namazi, Morad Tahbaz and Emad Shargi, as well as two others who were not identified, were flown out of Tehran to Qatar, and are now flying back to Washington, D.C., on a U.S. government plane.

As part of the deal, the Biden administration unfroze nearly $6 billion in Iranian oil revenue that had been held in South Korea since 2018.

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Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanaani said that two of the Iranian prisoners held in the United States plan to stay in the U.S., two plan to return to Iran and one would go to a different country where family lived.

"Today, five innocent Americans who were imprisoned in Iran are finally coming home," President Biden said in a statement, adding: "As we celebrate the return of these Americans, we also remember those who did not return."

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