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NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of Pronounce Mike Pompeo declined on Thursday to focus on about the seemingly for a U.S.-Iranian prisoner swap after the United States deported an Iranian lady who pleaded guilty to exporting restricted U.S. skills to Iran.

U.S. Secretary of Pronounce Mike Pompeo speaks for the interval of a press conference at the Palace Hotel on the sidelines of the 74th session of the United Worldwide locations Total Assembly in New York City, New York, U.S., September 26, 2019. REUTERS/Darren Ornitz

“So, I never focus on about sensitive points as you described there,” Pompeo suggested journalists in New York when asked about Negar Ghodskani, whose attorney acknowledged she became once deported on Tuesday, and whether or no longer he anticipated Iran to quickly commence a detained U.S. doctoral pupil.

At a separate files conference in New York, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani acknowledged Tehran became once commence to speaking about prisoner swaps but that the ball became once in Washington’s courtroom after Iran’s commence of a Lebanese man with U.S. eternal residency in June.

Pompeo and Rouhani were in New York for the annual United Worldwide locations Total Assembly gathering of world leaders.

The United States and Iran are at odds over a bunch of points, including the U.S. withdrawal from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, U.S. accusations – denied by Tehran – that Iran attacked two Saudi oil facilities on Sept. 14 and Iran’s detention of U.S. voters on what the United States regards as unsuitable grounds.

According to the Justice Department, Ghodskani pleaded guilty to conspiring to preserve shut export-managed U.S. skills, ship it to Malaysia after which on to Iran. Federal courtroom paperwork indicate that she became once sentenced on Tuesday to 2-1/4 years time served.

Xiyue Wang, a U.S. citizen and Princeton University graduate pupil, became once conducting dissertation study in Iran in 2016 when he became once detained and accused by Iran of “spying beneath the shroud of analysis,” a reveal his household and university affirm.

He became once therefore convicted on espionage charges, and sentenced to 10 years in penal complicated.

U.S. officers usually scheme no longer focus on such cases in public. Brian Hook, the U.S. Pronounce Department’s particular advisor for Iran, on Monday acknowledged that if Iran wished to indicate appropriate faith, it might maybe maybe well commence the U.S. voters it has detained, including the Princeton graduate pupil.

“We spent time this week, we exhaust time nearly each day working to commence the People and others who’re detained wrongfully interior of Iran. We are in a position to proceed to scheme that,” Pompeo acknowledged.

Washington has demanded Iran commence People it is keeping including Wang, Iranian-American father and son Siamak and Baquer Namazi; Michael White, a Navy extinct imprisoned in 2018; and Robert Levinson, a frail FBI agent missing since 2007.

Rouhani acknowledged Tehran is commence to talks about prisoner exchanges, announcing at his files conference, “We like repeatedly confirmed goodwill within the jam of prisoner swaps.”

Rouhani pointed to the commence in June of a Lebanese citizen with U.S. residency who became once sentenced to 10 years in penal complicated after being convicted of spying for the United States.

“After his commence, People thanked us but failed to reciprocate. Resulting from this truth, the ball is within the American’s courtroom now,” Rouhani acknowledged.

In June, Iran launched Nizar Zakka, a Lebanese businessman with U.S. eternal residency who had been in penal complicated for four years, in a gesture meant as an opening for U.S.-Iranian talks, consistent with three Western sources aware of the jam.

Reporting By Humeyra Pamuk, Michelle Nichols and Arshad Mohammed; Writing by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Grant McCool and Jonathan Oatis