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Iran state TV: 4 dual-national prisoners released

TEHRAN, Iran — Iranian state television is announced that the government has freed four dual-nationality prisoners.

The Saturday report did not identify the prisoners but it comes amid speculation that jailed Washing Post bureau chief Jason Rezaian, a dual Iran-U.S. citizen who was convicted of espionage in a closed-door trial in 2015, could be among them.

A report by the semi-official ISNA news agency quotes a statement from the Tehran prosecutor's office as saying the inmates were freed "within the framework of exchanging prisoners," without elaborating.

The U.S. would not immediately confirm the Iranian report. But the family of one of the U.S prisoners received unofficial word from Iran that their relative was being released today, according to a person close to that family who spoke on condition the family not be identified.

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