by Chris Bodenner

NSA Jim Jones cranks up the volume for the three American hikers who recently strayed into Iranian territory:

"We have sent strong messages that we would like these three young people released as soon as possible, and also others that they have in their custody as well," Jones told NBC's "Meet the Press." The Iranian government acknowledged on Sunday that it had the three Americans in its custody, he said. "These are innocent people. We want their families reunited, and we would like to have it done as quickly as possible," Jones said.