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Claiming that diplomacy works, the President takes a victory lap over the release of five Americans who were imprisoned in Iran.

FOX's Jon Decker reports from the White House:

While hailing the release of the just-completed Iran nuclear deal and the release of five Americans held captive by Iran, the President said he will continue to apply pressure on the Iranian regime.

(President Obama) "We remain steadfast in opposing Iran's destabilizing behavior elsewhere, including its threats against Israel and our Gulf partners, and its support for violent proxies in places like Syria and Yemen."

As part of the prisoner swap, seven Iranian-Americans held in U.S. prisons after being charged or convicted for sanctions violations were also released.

At the White House, Jon Decker, Fox News.

(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Republican Presidential candidates are criticizing a deal with Iran to free five Americans.

FOX's Rachel Sutherland reports from Washington:

An American pastor and a Washington Post reporter are among the freed Americans...

(Cruz) "Praise God that the prisoners are coming home... that the Americans are coming home."

But Republican Senator Ted Cruz, a leading Presidential candidate, told Fox News Sunday he believes the swap sets a dangerous precedent.

(Cruz) "Every bad actor on Earth has been told, go capture an American. If you want to get terrorists out of jail, capture an American and President Obama is in the 'let's make a deal' business."

U.S. officials says the seven Iranians that were released were either sentenced or awaiting trial in the U.S., and were not associated with terrorism.

In Washington, Rachel Sutherland, FOX News.

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