The mothers of two American hikers held in Iran will now be able to speak to their sons via telephone, according to the Mission on Iran to the United Nations, who said the decision was made based on "humanitarian consideration."
Hikers Josh Fattal, Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were arrested after Iran says they crossed into the country in July 2009.
They had been near the unmarked border separating Iran from Iraq's Kurdistan region. The hikers described themselves as tourists. Tehran contends they are spies.
Shourd was released on humanitarian grounds in September, but Bauer and Fattal remain in Tehran's Evin Prison on accusations of spying and entering the country illegally.