President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said today that the three UC Berkeley students detained in Iran and charged with spying may be swapped with jailed Iranians in the United States, Reuters reports.

“We do not like to have any person in jail. Some discussions are going on to swap the three with jailed Iranians in America,” Ahmadinejad told state television. He did not clarify whether the discussions were held with U.S. officials.

The three were detained after they strayed into Iran from northern Iraq on a hiking trip at the end of July.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...