Iran's President Hassan Rouhani listens during a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York in this file picture taken September 23, 2014. REUTERS/Jewel Samad/Pool/Files
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Three Iranian-Americans left Tehran Sunday under a prisoner swap following the lifting of sanctions on Iran that is likely to thaw ties further with the United States as Tehran emerges from years of international isolation.A fifth prisoner, the American student Matthew Trevithick, was released separately from the other four Saturday, a U.S. official said.Speaking to parliament earlier Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hailed the nuclear deal with world powers and the resulting lifting Saturday of U.S., European and United Nations sanctions as a "golden page" in Iran's history.U.S.-Iranian suspicion still remains deeply entrenched.In Washington, President Barack Obama pardoned three Iranian-Americans charged with violating sanctions against Iran, a lawyer for one of the men said, while prosecutors moved to drop charges against four Iranians outside the United States.Iran agreed to free five Americans including Rezaian and Abedini, an Iranian-American Christian pastor sentenced to eight years in prison in 2013 on charges of undermining Iran's national security.
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