Iran is to put on trial three US hikers facing espionage charges and jailed for over four months after “illegally” entering Iran, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said on Monday.

“They have entered Iran with suspicious aims. The judiciary will try them,” Mottaki told a news conference that was carried live on state television, adding that “relevant sentences” would be issued. He did not elaborate.

This is a case that could further strain relations between Tehran and Washington. Reuters

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