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Washington post journalist Jason Rezaian and for other Americans held by Iran three Saturday as part of a secretly negotiated prisoner swap between Tehran and Washington , Reuters learning exclusively for the deal nearly collapsed late last month around threatened to end secret talks with the U. S. prepared new sanctions on Tehran related to its missile program the Obama administration deciding it could not risk losing the opportunity to bring Americans home and delayed implementing the new sanctions , news of Saturday's exchange running the world to mark the implementation of the Iran nuclear deal reached last year Reuters correspondent Sam Wilkin in Dubai , when you could deal with agreement in July last year there was no indication , that state prisoners would be a part of it arm and Jason Rezaian certainly %HESITATION has been sentenced , %HESITATION in the time between the nuclear deal being agreed and now so , that side of things appear to be progressing quite independently , from the nuclear talks , president Barack Obama was excoriated by Republicans for negotiating with Tehran while Americans not in Iranian jails , seven Iranians held in the United States were freed as part of the deal , certainly a very arrogant big moments in Iranian American relations , Iranian Americans should be in jail than released before this is certainly a high profile case , since their hostage crisis in in nineteen seventy nine , the prisoner exchange a possible sign of further thawing relations between Washington and Tehran