The Israel-firsters in the Capitol Hill has been very critical of the nuclear deal with Iran. They claimed that the Obama administration has not pressed hard for the release of the two Iranian Americans imprisoned in Iran on espionage charges. No thought was given to some 19 Iranians imprisoned inside the USA on what Iran calls false charges.
Now the cat is out of the bag. The Washington Post has reported that earlier this month, the speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani, dropped hints about a prisoner swap, telling NPR that there were “practical ways” to deal with Americans held in Iran and mentioning “a number of Iranians in prison” in the United States. Iranian officials have called for freeing 19 Iranian citizens in U.S. custody on what Iran claims are unfounded charges of violating sanctions.