Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Ahmadinejad suggests exchange for jailed US hikers

Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad suggested in a television interview Tuesday that Iran would release three jailed U.S. hikers in exchange for Iranians currently serving in American prisons.

Ahmadinejad said that there were currently negotiations about possibly exchanging the hikers for Iranians in the United States.

"There are some talks underway to have an exchange, if it is possible," he said, explaining that there were several Iranians jailed for years without charges in U.S. prisons.

"Recently they (the U.S.) have sent messages, we answered to bring them (the Iranians), to bring these people (the hikers). We are hopeful that all prisoners to be released."