Iran's intelligence minister said Sunday that three Americans arrested there in July are spies, but hinted the country may consider releasing them in exchange for the release of Irani prisoners, state media reported.
"We expect the Americans, who claim to be advocates of human rights, to also commit humanitarian acts, because only after this can we decide on whether or not to have a swap," Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi said, according to the IRNA news agency.
Speaking on the sidelines of a cabinet meeting, Moslehi said there had been no official talks about a swap, Iranian state television reported.
"It is clear that the three Americans are spies," he said, according to a report on Iranian state TV's website.
Shane Bauer, 27, Sarah Shourd, 31, and Josh Fattal, 27, were detained in July. Their families say the three accidentally strayed across an unmarked border while on a hiking trip in Iraqi Kurdistan.