In August of 2016, an American graduate student named Xiyue Wang was arrested in Tehran the capital of Iran. He was doing research there at the time and studying the Farsi language but Iran sentenced him to 10 years in prison saying his school, Princeton University, had sent Wang to Iran to get secret information about the country.
Princeton said that was completely false. Two years later the United Nations said there was no legal reason why Wang was arrested and imprisoned. And on Saturday the Trump Administration announced that Wang was in good spirits after arriving at a U.S. Army Medical Center in Germany. This was part of a prisoner exchange. On the same day that Wang arrived in Germany an Iranian stem cell scientist was pictured flying back to his home country alongside Iran's foreign minister. The scientist's name is Massoud Soleimani. He was arrested in Chicago, Illinois in the fall of last year and found guilty of breaking trade laws concerning Iran. That country says Soleimani had not committed any crime.
An interesting part of all this is how it happened. The U.S. and Iran are rivals. They don't have diplomatic relations. Officials from the two countries don't regularly talk to each other. Both the White House and the Iranian government thank Switzerland for its assistance in the negotiations. And a U.S. government official says the Trump Administration hopes this will lead to more success with Iran. There are other Americans being held in the Middle Eastern country. The U.S. government says it won't rest until every American who's been detained there and around the world is brought back home.