US resident imprisoned in Iran says his release served to de-escalate tensions

Nizar Zakka denied reports his release was part of a wider deal after arriving in his native Lebanon

A Lebanese man who had been imprisoned in Iran for years on charges of espionage said Tuesday that he was subjected to “kidnapping, arbitrary detention and a show trial”, adding that his release served to de-escalate tensions between the US and Iran.

In his first comments after arriving in his native Lebanon, Nizar Zakka denied reports that his release was part of a wider deal but suggested that it had helped avert further escalation in the region.

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Source: The Guardian
US resident imprisoned in Iran says his release served to de-escalate tensions