Now free, Jason Rezaian wants to catch up with Warriors

He made a brief appearance there on Wednesday, waving to the assembled media and marking the first time he has been seen in public since his release from Iran.

A MI congressman who traveled to Germany to greet a freed Flint man who spent 4½ years in an Iranian prison said Tuesday that Amir Hekmati appears to be in generally good health but bears the emotional scars of his imprisonment.

Since leaving Iran, Rezaian has been in Landstuhl, Germany, receiving medical treatment at a USA military hospital.

He added: "I'm staying with my family at a very comfortable guest house on the base, which has been a great place to begin my recovery".

"I feel alive for the first time". He said he is looking forward to returning to American soil to see the rest of his family. A Swiss Air Force jet flew Rezaian and other prisoners to Germany after their release.

Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post journalist freed last week along with four other American prisoners held by Iran, said he wants to get back to covering the "US-Iran story at some point".

The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian is shown in this Washington Post photo taken in Washington, DC on November 6, 2013.

Rezaian was joined by his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, who was jailed with her husband and released on bail weeks later, as well as his mother and brother, who tirelessly advocated for his release.

He was detained in 2011, weeks after arriving in Iran to visit his grandmother, according to his family's website.

Also released in the deal were Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, 35, of Boise, Idaho, and another Iranian American, Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari, who opted to remain in Iran. A fifth American was released, but not as part of the swap. The following day new sanctions were announced against Iran by the U.S. Treasury Department in connection with the country's ballistic missile program.

Those sanctions were lifted over the weekend as part of the US nuclear deal with Iran, after the International Atomic Energy Agency ruled the Arabic nation had complied with international regulations on producing power from nuclear sources. Khamenei did not cite any specific USA officials, but some Republican lawmakers and presidential candidates have strongly criticized the accord.

But he fretted that the Iranians would back out at the last minute.

"Expressions by some USA politicians in recent days are a matter of pessimism", Khamenei said without elaborating.