Washington calls for “immediate release” of all American prisoners
This request comes after the sentence of ten years in prison of an American accused of infiltration.
New tensions between Washington and Tehran. The US is calling on Iran for the “immediate release” of all Americans “unjustly detained” by the Islamic Republic, an official of the State Department said Sunday. This request comes after an American accused of “infiltration” has been sentenced to ten years in prison by Iranian justice.
“The Iranian regime continues to detain US nationals and other foreigners on the basis of invented national security prosecutions,” the official said in a tense clash between Washington and Tehran since the government came to power. President Donald Trump. The State Department official gave no details about the US citizen sentenced in Iran.
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He said, however, that “all United States nationals, including binational [US and Iranian] nationals planning to travel to Iran, should carefully read the latest travel warning note” that advises Americans not to travel in this country. Washington and Tehran have no diplomatic relations since April 1980, in the wake of the Islamic revolution. After a period of shy warming under Barack Obama’s second term, relations have again strained.
The two countries signed an agreement with other major powers on July 14, 2015. On the Iranian nuclear program. Which Donald Trump’s administration intends to honor even if it is hostile to it. On Sunday, Iranian Justice spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejeie. Who announced at a press conference a ten-year prison sentence for an American. Did not specify his identity, nor the date of His arrest or provided details on this “undercover mission”. He further pointed out that he had “another nationality”.
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Two Iranian-American citizens, businessman Siamak Namazi and his father Mohammad Bagher Namazi. They were sentenced in October 2016 with four others to ten years in prison for “espionage” for Washington. Siamak Namazi was arrested in October 2015. His father, Bagher, now 81 years old and working for UNICEF. They was arrested in February 2016 when he came to Iran to seek Release of his son.
The United States has repeatedly called for the immediate release of the two men. Washington also calls for Tehran’s cooperation in the case of Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent. Who has been missing in Iran since 2007. US prisoners were released by Iran in January 2016 as part of an exchange linked to The implementation of the Iranian nuclear agreement.