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Iran sentences U.S. journalist

A day after an American journalist was sentenced to eight years in prison, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said the accused will be allowed to present her case during an appeal.
A judge found Roxana Saberi, 31, guilty of spying on Iran and sentenced her in a trial that lasted 15 minutes, according to her father’s interview with CNN on Sunday.
Saberi was arrested for working without press credentials while researching a book on Iranian culture, according to an Associated Press article. Saberi, whose parents were born in Iran but immigrated to Fargo, retains dual citizenship in the United States and Iran.
“She is an Iranian-American who was interested in the country which her family came from. And it is appropriate for her to be treated as such and to be released," Obama said.
According to a second Associated Press article published in the Fargo Forum on Saturday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said the U.S. is working with Swiss diplomats in Iran to uncover more about the case.
The United States severed ties with Iran in 1979 after the U.S. Embassy in Tehran was seized during the Islamic revolution, according to the Associated Press.