Iran OKs Visit by Moms of Detained US Hikers

But Tehran has made promises in the past
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 10, 2010 3:55 PM CDT
In a Sept. 30, 2009 file photo, Nora Shourd, mother of Sarah Shourd, a hiker jailed in Iran, stands at a rally at University of California, Berkeley in Berkeley, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)
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(Newser) – Iran will allow the mothers of the three American hikers who have been in custody for nearly a year to visit their children. Tehran has ordered its UN mission to issue visas for the three moms, the AP reports, but no date has been has been set. Iran has told the families before that they would receive visas and then failed to deliver.

"We're very cautious about our optimism," one of the mothers tells the AP. "Emotionally I know I have to be really careful." The three hikers were apprehended in July in the mountains between Iran and Kurdistan, in northern Iraq, and accused of espionage.

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