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Clock in New York after more than two years in captivity.
Heartbreak failed negotiations.
Iran at long last has freed two American hikers in exchange for million dollars bail.
A convoy of diplomatic cars -- Shane Bauer and Josh hall to the airport in Tehran where they boarded a flight to friendly territory in nearby Oman.
Family members waiting there to meet them border guards arrested the men back -- overnight along with bowers fiancee Sarah shored.
Officials claimed that they entered Iran illegally and accuse them of spying.
Sir sure was freed last year what they called.
What compassionate grounds but in -- -- in court -- -- and told the two guys to eight years each for espionage.
After paying 500000 dollars apiece the two men are now free.
And soon to be headed home.
Their fan was calling this the best day of their lives Jonathan Hunt with a news -- the United Nations reported by gets too excited.
The facts here are -- kidnap these guys and finally they let him go Jonathan we understand now.
That you just heard reaction from President Obama on this.
-- President Obama left the United Nations building behind me here -- just about twenty minutes ago.
He ignored shouted questions about the Israeli Palestinian peace process.
But He did polls when He was -- by our producer Kelly McGwire for his reaction to the news of their release.
Of those too high because this was his response listen.
Wonderful wonderful news really role.
It's and we.
And those sentiments were echoed by the families of Shane Bauer and Josh Metallica one now in.
Muscat Oman -- waiting for the the two men's -- arrival at the apple -- and that statement the family said quote.
We have waited for nearly 26 months for this moment and the joy and relief we feel -- Shane and Josh -- long awaited freedom.
Knows no bounds we now all want nothing more than to -- Shane and Josh in our -- Catch up on to -- and make a new beginning for them and pull all of us.
That new beginning -- should get under way in just about one -- off when the plane carrying those two American hikers is due to touch down in Oman chat.
What they call this bail money.
Bail money -- -- -- muddy though there -- out I'm gonna don't let the facts get the way I think this is ransom money.
There has to be something going on in the background here beside the million dollars I mean.
Iran doesn't need a million dollars what really happened here and why were these two people three people use in their whole families -- for a nation for that matter used as.
-- What it would appear -- that the release all of them has been -- once again massive walls with Sarah's shoulder almost exactly a year ago.
-- president Ahmadinejad -- parents before the United Nations General Assembly it would seem.
That Iran's clerics are trying to call some favorable public opinion.
And tried to blunt if you like.
The inevitable and habitable criticism they go to face here at the UN about their nuclear program and -- human rights rectal.
Is probably the reason for the timing of the release now we do know from the lawyer.
For the two men that the bail money -- ransom money is -- of cold it.
Was paid once again by -- bomb itself.
The reasons for that unclear you Obama obviously is a long term and important US ally but why would they would -- and over a million dollars is not yet clear it's clearly that probably is some quid pro quo in terms of US support and backing for -- -- -- So in -- we don't really know what this result well.
We don't we certainly don't know -- the reasons for Oman.
Paying the one million dollars was a bad they have not publicly acknowledged it even themselves that is what we -- hearing from the lawyers involved in this case and that is what we understood.
Happened with the release of -- short last year when it was 500000.
Dollars but that actual reasons for doing it remain a mystery for the moment -- Jonathan thank.
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