"We feel very good about the role in resolving the charges against Mr. Soleimani and the reciprocal humanitarian gesture to release" Wang, the official said. Then-State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert explicitly denied Wang was working on behalf of any US government agency. "It's dripping out, very quietly dripping out", Trump said. Soleimani was expected to return to Iran in the coming hours.
Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi has said that preparations are underway for President Hassan Rouhani's visit to Japan.
"You instructed the faucet and in addition you don't get any water".
Wang was sentenced in 2017 to ten years in prison after being found guilty of being "an infiltrating American agent". According to Princeton University, prior to traveling to Iran, Wang sent letters to the Iranian Interest Section at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, D.C., which issued his visa.
Wang's wife, Hua Qu, said "Our family is complete once again. He is not a political figure and he is definitely not a spy", Qu said at at the National Press Club in Washington, adding that she felt Wang was being used as a "bargaining chip" in a "geopolitical dispute" between the U.S. and Iran.
In February, Princeton graduate students held a "Day of Action" demanding that the Iranian regime release Wang.
A short time earlier, Tehran announced the release of Iranian scientist Massoud Soleimani from the United States.
Iran's Revolutionary Court tried Wang.
A stem cell researcher who had been working in Minnesota, Soleimani was charged after he was reportedly seeking to transfer biological material back to Iran without a license.
Washington has demanded Iran release the Americans it is holding, including father and son Siamak and Baquer Namazi; Michael R. White, a Navy veteran imprisoned a year ago, and Robert Levinson, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent missing since 2007.
The United States reimposed sanctions with the aim of driving down Iranian crude sales, the Islamic Republic's main source of revenues, after Washington withdrew past year from a nuclear pact between world powers and Iran.
Iran has recently been hit by major protests over rising petrol prices, which are partly linked to the United States sanctions.
Rouhani added that Iran will also benefit from a $5-billion United States loan from Russian Federation that's being finalized.
Wang's freedom came in exchange for Soleimani, a medical research scientist who was arrested in October 2018.
"I have offered to exchange them, because as foreign minister I can not go to our court and simply tell them, 'Release this man, '" Zarif said then.
I told them that I had patients that needed my help.
It remains unclear whether this exchange will have a wider effect on Iranian-U.S. relations. At that time, BBC Persian allegedly had an US source stating that the story could not be confirmed. "Sparkling now the autos are created from papier-mache, and ours are if truth be told, we allow steel order", he said.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has long subscribed to a "government of resistance" that seeks to avoid overentanglement with the West.
In June, Iran released Nizar Zakka, a US permanent resident from Lebanon who advocated for internet freedom and has done work for the USA government.
Iran's President Hassan Rouhani announced Sunday what he called a "budget of resistance" to counter crippling U.S. sanctions, weeks after a fuel price hike sparked nationwide protests that turned deadly.
Other Americans held in Iran include the octogenarian businessman Baquer Namazi who has been held for over two years and diagnosed with epilepsy.
The president, who has spent most of his life in actual property offers and building, used a significant portion of his remarks to senior officers and invited entrepreneurs concerning the plumbing points. "Over the past 40 years, the USA has been trying to hinder Iran's scientific progress".