by Rick Moran
There is something immoral about the US not insisting on the release of these wrongfully accused men. But it has been part of Iran's efforts to humiliate America by taking our people at will and thumbing their nose at US administrations who seek their release.
The fate of 3 Americans being held by Iran is up in the air, despite a framework agreement between the two sides.
Secretary of State John Kerry insists that talks are ongoing, but that Iran refused to release the prisoners as part of the nuclear deal.
Secretary of State John Kerry, the lead U.S. negotiator at the marathon talks in Lausanne, Switzerland, insisted the U.S. side brings up the prisoners’ fate in every bilateral meeting with Iranian leaders.Also being held are Jason Rezaian, who has written for the Washington Post and other publications and former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati.
He told reporters in Lausanne on Thursday the Obama administration would continue to press for the prisoners’ release, arguing the nuclear agreement may make the task easier.
“I’m not going to go into any details except to say to you that that conversation is continuing,” Mr. Kerry told reporters at a press availability Thursday. “We have a very specific process in place to try to deal with it, and we call on Iran again today, in light of [this agreement], to release these Americans and let them get home with their families.”
The American Center for Law and Justice has championed the case of Mr. Abedini, who has been held in Iran since 2012 on charges of organizing private Christian services in Iranian homes.
ACLJ said in a statement U.S. officials should press now even harder for his release.
“In the wake of President Obama’s announcement that a framework for a deal with Iran has been reached on nuclear negotiations, it is critical that our government use this unique opportunity – as our two nations continue to sit at the negotiating table over the next few weeks and months – to bring Pastor Saeed and the other wrongfully imprisoned Americans home to their families,” the statement said.
There is something immoral about the US not insisting on the release of these wrongfully accused men. But it has been part of Iran's efforts to humiliate America by taking our people at will and thumbing their nose at US administrations who seek their release. Meanwhile, the Americans languish in a third world prison because the president cares more about his personal legacy than he does about citizens being wrongfully held.
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