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esident Trump's middle of the night welcome last week for three Americans freed from North Korea was a dramatic end to the pain endured by those families. But for the families of Americans being held in Iran, it was a reminder of just how far from freedom their loved ones still are.
>> The Iran deal is defective.>> Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal has pushed tensions between Tehran and Washington to a new high, leaving several detained Americans in limbo. Johnathan Landay is on the story.>> Iran has said it might be willing to discuss a release, based on an exchange of prisoners, Iranians that the United States and its allies are holding.
Given the current tensions which seem to be rising ,there seems to be little chance that these kinds of talks would be held anytime in the near future.>> At least seven American citizens or permanent residents have been arrested In Iran since 2016 according to their lawyers or relatives.
Among those still being held, 81 years old, dual citizen Baquer Namazi and his 46 years old son, Siamak, both sentenced to 10 years in prison on October 2016 on charges of spying and collaborating with the US. And for family member Babak Namazi, seeing the prisoners return from North Korea is bittersweet.
>> It's a feeling of joy for the families who's suffering has ended. And it's a reminder to me, again, that the pain continues and the suffering continues.>> Also still detained, US citizen Xiyue Wang, a Princeton University grad student serving ten years on spying charges. His wife said her husband had become a, quote, political pawn.
>> We know that the Trump administration has brought up the cases of these Americans every three months when they have met with the Iranians on the sidelines of review meetings held on the Iran nuclear deal. However, since President Trump has repudiated that deal the American participation in those talks will no longer be taking place.
>> Iran insists all of the American prisoners committed crimes, but it accuses the US of holding several Iranians on trumped up charges.