Three Americans who mistakenly crossed over into Iranian territory when hiking in Iraq have been detained since July.An Iranian prosecutor is still investigating the issue, and possibly using the Americans as bargaining tools. Attention has been directed towards eleven Iranian criminals currently detained by the U.S. "The Americans should know that there are 11 Iranian nationals in U.S. prisons. We hope the Americans are treating them based on regulations," Abbas Jafari Dowlatabadi, the prosecutor in charge of the American case reported to the IRNA news agency. The majority of the eleven Iranian criminals were caught selling, and or distributing U.S. technology and defense equipment to Iran.
Clearly, the Iranian government is reacting poorly in this situation. If the Americans are truly innocent, using them as bargaining tools is a cruel and poorly planned attempt to profit from the situation. I suspect the eleven Iranian nationals will gain no freedom from this action.
Furthermore, it is clearly just a passively belligerent attempt to stir negative reactions from the U.S. and possibly create an over-reaction on the part of the U.S. Iran seems to be good at testing the nerves of the U.S. and its allies. If the U.S. responds violently in a situation like this, Iran will feel justified and fueled for maximizing problems in the world. Hopefully, Iran will cease toying with the U.S. by means of these innocent American hikers, and will release them soon.
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