Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had pressed for a lighter sentence for Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal. The eight-year prison terms they received are seen as a slight by the judiciary.
Iran, which has repeatedly blamed foreign meddling for the spate of protests and complaints of election fraud there last year, executed a man for allegedly spying for Israel on Tuesday.
American hiker Sarah Shourd has been reunited with her family, but questions remain over the two Americans still in Iranian custody.
US hiker Sarah Shourd, one of three American hikers detained in Iran for more than a year on espionage charges, will be released as soon as $500,000 bail is deposited, a top Iran prosecutor said Sunday.
Iran says it now won't release the American hiker, Sarah Shourd. Ms.Shourd, one of three Americans held for more than a year in Iran, was scheduled to be released Saturday morning. Another case of political crosscurrents in Iran?
Iran accuses students of tearing photos of Ayatollah Khomeini during protests last week. They deny the charge and say they were set up.
Iran announced Monday that three American hikers – Shane Bauer, Sarah Shourd, and Josh Fattal – arrested July 31 amid post-election tensions had been charged with espionage.