Hua Qu said her imprisoned husband, U.S. citizen Xiyue Wang, had become a “political pawn.”
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A day after U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, several families of American prisoners held in the Islamic Republic urged the White House to start humanitarian talks with Tehran to win their release. The families made the appeal as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was returning home Wednesday with three Americans freed from imprisonment by North Korea, with whom Washington is hoping to pursue denuclearization talks.The White House did not immediately respond when asked by Reuters if the administration was open to holding talks with Iran on the prisoners.Two are dual Iranian-U.S. nationals 81-year-old Baquer Namazi and one of his sons, Siamak Namazi, 46, who were sentenced to 10 years in prison in October 2016 on charges of spying and collaborating with the United States.A married couple, Karan Vafadari, a U.S. citizen, and Afarin Neyssari, a U.S. permanent resident, were sentenced to 27 years and 16 years of imprisonment respectively, on charges that included espionage, according to the family.
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