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Tehran: Iranian scientist Sirus Asgari has returned to Iran after being released from prison by his arch enemy the US, Iranian media reported on Wednesday.
Tasnim, ISNA and Meher news agencies all drew the same photo on their Telegram accounts of Asgari, wearing a face mask against the coronovirus, reunited with his family.
In November, a US court acquitted Asgari of charges of stealing trade secrets in 2016, while he was on an academic trip to Ohio from Sharif Technology University in Tehran.
The 59-year-old British newspaper The Guardian reported in March that the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency kept him in a detention center in Louisiana without any sanitation and refused to return to Iran despite refusal Had given.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Tuesday described Asgari’s release as part of a prisoner exchange and said “he was freed after exaggerating”, adding that his return was delayed because he was COVID-19 Was infected with.
“Mr. Asgari was stranded in the US for a while due to being infected with the condition with coronovirus and flights,” he said.
The State Department has not yet responded to the AFP’s request to comment on her release.
However, US Homeland Security acting deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli said on Twitter that the US had been trying to “deport Asgary” since last year, but that “every move by the Iranian government” was stalled.
Both Iran and the United States number each other’s citizens and have recently called for their release amid the COVID-19 epidemic.
Iran is struggling with what is the Middle East’s deadliest outbreak of the virus, while the United States has reported the highest number of deaths from the disease worldwide.
According to a list compiled by the AFP based on official statements and media reports, the Islamic Republic had at least five Americans and 19 Iranians in the US who were in custody before Asgari’s release.
Tensions between Tehran and Washington escalated in 2018, when President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the unilateral nuclear deal and imposed severe sanctions on Iran.
Enemies sworn in twice in the past year have come directly to the brink of conflict.
The most recent was in January when Iran fired a barrage of missiles at US troops stationed in Iraq in retaliation for an American drone attack that killed a top Iranian general, Qasim Soleimani.
But Trump avoided taking any military action in response.
The two exchanged prisoners several times, despite not having a formal diplomatic relationship.
Iran exchanged Washington Post reporter Jason Rezian in January 2016 for the seven Iranians held in the US, the day the nuclear deal came into force.
In December, Iran freed Xuyu Wang, an American academic, in exchange for scientist Masood Solimani, saying it was open for further swaps.
American Navy veteran Michael R. Among the Americans and dual civilians currently held by Iran. White, Siamak Namazi along with his father Baker, Morad Tahabaz, Gholam Reza Shahini and Karan Vafadari.
Most Iranians held in the United States are dual citizens accused of exporting goods to Iran or imposing sanctions using the US financial system.

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