Wife of US student held in Iran says husband 'not a spy'

Hua Qu, the wife of Xiyue Wang, a Princeton University graduate student being held at an Iranian prison, speaks at a news conference to mark the third anniversary of her husband's imprisonment, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Hua Qu, the wife of Xiyue Wang, a Princeton University graduate student being held at an Iranian prison, wears a button bearing a picture of her husband as she speaks at a news conference to mark the third anniversary of his imprisonment, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Hua Qu, the wife of Xiyue Wang, a Princeton University graduate student being held at an Iranian prison, speaks at a news conference to mark the third anniversary of her husband's imprisonment, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

WASHINGTON — The wife of a Princeton University graduate student imprisoned in Iran is appealing for international cooperation to get him released.

Hua Qu tells reporters in Washington that there have been no recent productive conversations between the U.S. and the Iranian government about Xiyue (SHE'-yeh) Wang.

She urged the U.S., Iran and China to work together on her husband's case in a speech Thursday at the National Press Club to mark the third anniversary of his imprisonment.

Her Chinese-American husband was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of "infiltrating" Iran and sending confidential material abroad. She says he's 'definitely not a spy.'

Efforts to free him and other Americans held in Iran have been complicated by increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran.

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