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Bridget Johnson

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News.

She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

‘My Husband Is Not Collateral’: 3 Years in Hands of Iran for Idaho Pastor


Saturday marked three years behind bars for Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini, and his wife slammed Iran for treating him like a chess pawn in its latest comments about possible reconsideration of his case if the U.S. frees Iranians first.

Abedini, 35, is being held at Rajaei Shahr prison west of Tehran. He was convicted in January 2013 of establishing Christian house churches, though he was in the country to set up a government-sanctioned orphanage.

Just last week, he was threatened with an arbitrary extension of his eight-year prison sentence — as he also faces fresh torture behind bars.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice, which has been representing Abedini’s family, the pastor was pulled into an interrogation session in which his captors repeatedly used a Taser on him.

Iran President Hassan Rouhani, in New York for the UN General Assembly, told CNN that “if the Americans take the appropriate steps and set [a number of Iranians in the United States who are imprisoned] free, certainly the right environment will be open and the right circumstances will be created for us to do everything within our power and our purview to bring about the swiftest freedom for the Americans held in Iran as well.”

“If the Americans take the appropriate actions vis-a-vis Iranian citizens who are being imprisoned here, then the right atmosphere and environment will be created for reciprocal action perhaps,” Rouhani said.

The pastor’s wife, Naghmeh Abedini, replied, “My husband is not collateral.”

“He is a father and a man who broke no law. Yet Iran is treating him like a pawn in a game of chess,” she said. “President Rouhani’s demand that America release 19 criminals in exchange for his consideration of releasing individuals like my husband, imprisoned solely for his faith, demonstrates that the Iran of today is no different than the Iran who took Americans hostage during the Iranian revolution.”

“The environment is ripe for Iran to demonstrate it is ready to re-enter the global market and international scene of diplomats; it is time to show its good will, to change its image from one of a pariah to a member of the global society who will protect fundamental rights,” Naghmeh added.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said “all Americans should be outraged that securing his freedom has not been a priority of the Obama administration.”

“It speaks volumes about the intolerance and cruelty of the Iranian regime that it would even view house churches as a threat,” Rubio said. “Over the past three years, Pastor Abedini has been routinely beaten in prison by Iranian authorities, suffered severe injuries and been denied medical care. Despite the inhumane treatment he has suffered from radical Islamists, he remains steadfast in his Christian faith.”

Posted at 4:29 pm on September 28th, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

Idaho Pastor Held By Iran Tortured, Threatened with Extended Sentence


An Idaho pastor held by Iran for three years this Saturday is now faced with an arbitrary extension of his eight-year prison sentence — as he also faces fresh torture behind bars.

Saeed Abedini, 35, is being held at Rajaei Shahr prison west of Tehran. He was convicted in January 2013 of establishing Christian house churches, though he was in the country to set up a government-sanctioned orphanage.

According to the American Center for Law and Justice, which has been representing Abedini’s family, the pastor was pulled into an interrogation session yesterday in which his captors repeatedly used a Taser on him.

“This new assault is concerning as Pastor Saeed is still being denied needed medical care for injuries sustained as a result of beatings in the past,” the ACLJ said. “The interrogators threatened that Pastor Saeed will face new criminal charges. They claimed Pastor Saeed has connections with anti-government groups and has made statements and taken actions against the government of Iran. Pastor Saeed denied all of these allegations, and once again asserted that he is apolitical and that he has never threatened the security of, made any statements against, or taken any action against the Government of Iran.”

Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, said in a statement that “hearing that yet again the hardliners in Iran are trying to fabricate evidence against my husband and that he was abused and tasered is almost too much to bear.”

“It is time for governments all over the world shift their focus to the injustices of the Iranian Government and call on the Government of Iran to free my husband. It is time for businesses seeking to do business in Iran to look beyond their bottom dollar and see the instability of a government known to imprison innocent men and women who have exercised their fundamental freedoms,” she said. “Whether we operate in the field of business, government, or simply are members of human society, we must expect and demand more of our leaders.”

“I pray that as President Rouhani plans his travel to the United States next week, he will hear relentless voices crying out for Saeed’s freedom.”

The Iranian president will be speaking at the United Nations General Assembly.

The day after Naghmeh appeared on Capitol Hill in June to plead for her husband’s release, Abedini was viciously beaten.

According to the ACLJ, Abedini was attacked not by guards in that instance but by fellow inmates as he was leaving his cell.

In addition to being punched in the face and suffering two black eyes, his attackers “demolished a small table Pastor Saeed used to study and read.”

Naghmeh hasn’t been able to speak with her husband since his conviction years ago, but the injuries were seen by a relative who visited the prison.

Naghmeh told lawmakers during that hearing — which also featured testimony from the families of Iran hostages Amir Hekmati, Jason Rezaian, and Bob Levinson — that she fears for not only whether Saeed will be able to come home but how he’ll be after returning to his family.

“His mental condition is my biggest worry even though his physical condition is not very well,” she said, adding that the pastor has been told by his jailers “he will never come out unless he renounces his faith.” He has refused.

“Where’s the action? Where’s the result? Iran continues to shrug it off and not really respond to our discussion on the sidelines,” Naghmeh said of the administration’s assertion that it brings up the cases of the Americans on the sidelines of nuclear negotiations. “Help bring my husband home before you consent to any deal.”

The administration not only consented to a deal, but the Senate filibustered a bill that would have required release of the American hostages and recognition of Israel for Iran to receive any sanctions relief.

Posted at 6:20 pm on September 23rd, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

Family of Hostage Slain in U.S. Drone Strike Feels ‘Deceived’ by Administration

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The family of an al-Qaeda hostage killed in a U.S. drone strike is “devastated” by a new report that the CIA spotted a Western hostage but didn’t keep surveillance on him.

Warren Weinstein was abducted Aug. 13, 2011, by armed gunmen who burst into his Lahore home. The Rockville, Md., resident put in several years with USAID and the World Bank before becoming an economic development consultant in 2003.

In April, President Obama admitted a January drone strike on the border region of Pakistan and Afghanistan killed Weinstein and an Italian aid worker also being held hostage, Giovani Lo Porto.

Obama said at the time that he “directed that the existence of this operation be declassified and disclosed publicly. I did so because the Weinstein and Lo Porto families deserve to know the truth.”

“We believed that this was an al-Qaeda compound, that no civilians were present and that capturing these terrorists was not possible. And we do believe that the operation did take out dangerous members of al-Qaeda,” he said. “What we did not know, tragically, is that al-Qaeda was hiding the presence of Warren and Giovanni in this same compound. It is a cruel and bitter truth that in the fog of war generally and our fight terrorists specifically, mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes, can occur.”

But the Washington Post reported that U.S. officials suspect they may have spotted Weinstein long before he was killed:

U.S. officials said that the CIA and other spy agencies devoted significant resources to finding Weinstein but never had clear intelligence on where he was being held. The drone imagery showing an apparent hostage was collected as long as a year before Weinstein was killed, according to officials who said that agency analysts initially assessed that it was unlikely that the captive was the American.

It is unclear why the CIA reached that preliminary determination. The agency declined to comment.

Even so, the imagery contained clues that the person “was clearly a non-internal hostage,” a U.S. official said, meaning a prisoner who was being handled in a way that suggested he was of high importance and from outside the tribal territory in Pakistan where al-Qaeda is based. Another U.S. official said the person stood out in part because of how he was kept segregated from others.

Weinstein’s widow, Elaine, charged that “the Obama administration has mishandled this entire incident.”

“They were aware that the terrorists stole Warren’s body from his grave and allowed those cruel people to desecrate his remains without doing anything to intervene,” she said. “I just don’t know how much more I can take.”


Posted at 6:06 pm on September 11th, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

Kerry Appeals to Iran for ‘Humanitarian’ Release of Amir Hekmati on Fourth Anniversary of Imprisonment


Today marks four years since Iran seized Amir Hekmati and threw the decorated Marine veteran in Evin prison on false espionage charges.

Hekmati, born in Flagstaff, Ariz., after his parents left Iran in 1979, had been in a country for a couple of weeks visiting extended family for the first time. On Aug. 29, 2011, Amir called his mother to say he would be wrapping up the trip and coming home soon to Michigan.

Amir was due for a holiday gathering that evening. He never showed up. It wasn’t until four months later that the family received confirmation Amir was locked up in Evin. He was originally sentenced to death, which was later changed to 10 years behind bars for alleged “collaboration” with the United States.

“Today marks four years that our brother, son and American Marine veteran, Amir Hekmati, has been imprisoned in Iran. He traveled to Iran as a tourist to visit family, committed no crime, yet this nightmare continues. He received approval for his trip from Iranian authorities and was reassured that he would not be punished for his service in the marines,” the Hekmati family said in a statement today.

“Now he has suffered in an Iranian prison longer than any American in history. The urgency for Amir’s release now is great. Under the Iranian judicial system, Amir is eligible to be released for time served or pardoned. Amir’s father is battling brain cancer and has suffered several strokes. Time is not on our side. Amir is needed home to care for his family with our father in a wheelchair, requiring 24-hour care and assisted-living.”

Amir’s congressman, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), has been lobbying his colleagues these years to not forget the hostages in Iran.

“For the last 1,461 days, he has endured unimaginable treatment and detention. An American and a Marine, he is sadly now the longest held political prisoner in Iran,” Kildee said. “Through it all, the Hekmati family has shown tremendous strength despite being separated from their son and brother. The Hekmati family longs to have Amir home. For them, four years means missed moments with a loved one who continues to languish in a prison cell on the other side of the world. They continue to fight tirelessly for Amir’s release, and like me, won’t stop until he’s home.”

“Iran must act to release Amir and the other Americans it holds. Amir is innocent and needs to be reunited with his family in Michigan.”


Posted at 9:21 am on August 29th, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

Iran Hostage to Well-Wishers: ‘I’m Convinced the Only Reason I’m Alive Is Your Support’


Amir Hekmati (right), his father, Ali, and his brother-in-law Ramy Kurdi

Aug. 29 will mark four years since U.S. Marine veteran Amir Hekmati was seized while visiting relatives in his parents’ country of origin, Iran.

In an audio recording delivered in a phone call from Evin prison, Amir tells all of his supporters “how thankful my family and I are for your support over the last four years”:

The list of people I want to thank is far too long to be included here, but had it not been for all of your support, it is possible that the outrageous death sentence I was given in 2011 would have been carried out. I’m convinced the only reason I’m alive and allowed to use the prison phone is your support and international outcry of my false imprisonment. My captors would have much preferred to keep my voice from being heard and have me remain in solitary confinement where I was buried away in miserable conditions for 18 months, where I witnessed many lose their health and sanity, where I was told I would be executed by hanging with no one to reach out to, and where I was not allowed even one minute to phone my father who was and still is fighting for his life with brain cancer.

However, due to your help, my father now hears me loud and clear and so do all of you. My morale has never faltered after all these years because I know I am not alone. So if I am alive and have any privileges here, and if my family is able to cope with his better, it is because of your support and I will always be grateful. Even those of you who have simply posted a comment voicing your support or concern or you may not think it has had a direct impact, collectively, you prevented further mistreatment by my Iranian captors and have brought me closer to being reunited with my family. Your words have reached me and have kept my head held high.

Thank you and God bless,
Amir Hekmati

The State Department last mentioned Amir a week ago, when press secretary John Kirby was asked about the latest court appearance of Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian.

“We continue to call for his immediate release, as well as that of Saeed Abedini and Amir Hekmati, and we continue to call for Iran to work with us to locate Robert Levinson so that all can be returned to their families,” Kirby said.

Posted at 4:33 pm on August 17th, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

Dem Rep of Longest-Held U.S. Hostage in History to Vote Against Iran Deal


The congressman of a former FBI agent kidnapped in Iran more than eight years ago said today that he will oppose the nuclear deal with regime.

Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, announced his decision the week after another congressman of an Iran hostage, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), said he’d back the deal. Kildee represents the district of Amir Hekmati, a Marine veteran thrown in Evin prison by the Iranian government in 2011.

Deutch wrote in a Sun-Sentinel op-ed that in the 10 years since he first ran for public office he’s devoted himself “to strengthening our national security.”

“I believe we’re stronger when we speak loudly and unapologetically for human rights; when we stand with our allies against common threats like terrorism, radicalization, and poverty; and when we unite to prevent the world’s most dangerous regimes from acquiring the world’s deadliest weapons,” he said.

“…Working across the aisle, I helped pass laws exposing business dealings in Iran, cracking down on Iranian human rights abusers, and applying crippling sanctions to Iran’s oil and gas industries.”

Deutch stressed that assessing the Iran deal “is not a responsibility I take lightly, especially with four Americans, including my constituent Bob Levinson, currently held in Iran.”

Levinson went missing off the coast of Iran in 2007 while working as a private investigator. Levinson’s family later received images of him in captivity, though the Iranian government has maintained they don’t know who is holding him. He is the longest-held U.S. hostage in history.

“Many of my colleagues are trying to turn this vote into a partisan fight. They should stop. People of good faith can disagree honestly. I have spent weeks reviewing this agreement in classified intelligence briefings, meetings with Administration officials and ambassadors from Europe and the Middle East, and discussions with security and nuclear experts. I’ve also heard from many, many constituents about this deal’s implications for the security of the U.S. and our allies, including Israel, whose very existence is threatened by Iran,” Deutch continued.

“Too many issues I have long raised as essential to any nuclear deal with Iran are not adequately addressed in this agreement. I will vote against it when Congress reconvenes in September.”

Deutch noted that “there are different predictions about what will happen if Congress rejects this deal.”

“But the consequences of approving it aren’t up for debate,” he said. “Opening Iran up to foreign investment, increasing its oil exports, and unfreezing over $100 billion in assets means more money for Hamas for building terror tunnels in Gaza, more weapons for Hezbollah in Lebanon, more slaughter in Syria, and more violence worldwide.”

“After a decade in public life working to stop Iran from ever acquiring nuclear weapons, I cannot support a deal giving Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief – in return for letting it maintain an advanced nuclear program and the infrastructure of a threshold nuclear state.”

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-Calif.), who represents the district of imprisoned Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, said July 14 that he expects “to take full advantage of the 60-day review period before deciding how to vote on this important matter.”

Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), who represents imprisoned pastor Saeed Abedini, is likely to vote against it.

“The Iranian government claims to want constructive engagement with the world. Yet, Iran refuses to free Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini, imprisoned since 2012,” Labrador said in a mid-July statement.

“Last month the House unanimously called for the release of the U.S. citizens held in Iran, as well as information on any Americans who have disappeared. That these men remain captive is deeply disturbing and raises foundational questions of trust that should have been addressed before striking any deal with Iran.”

Posted at 3:07 pm on August 4th, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

Congressman of Hostage Marine Will Vote for Iran Nuclear Deal


The congressman who represents a Flint, Mich., Marine veteran held by Iran for nearly four years said he’s weighed the P5+1 nuclear deal and has decided to vote in favor of it.

Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) has been a vocal advocate for his constituent, Amir Hekmati, and three other Americans held or missing in Iran: pastor Saeed Abedini, journalist Jason Rezaian, and retired FBI agent Bob Levinson.

Amir’s 32nd birthday was this week — the third he’s marked behind the bars of Evin prison — and Kildee noted Tuesday that “there isn’t a day that goes by that a member of Congress doesn’t ask me about Amir’s condition and continued captivity. And it is impossible for any member of Congress to erase from our memory the fact that Iran continues to hold Amir and other innocent Americans.”

Today, Kildee said in a statement that “after careful review and consultation, I will support the nuclear agreement with Iran.”

“I have ultimately determined it will make the world a safer place and is in the best interest of the U.S., our allies, and the global community. Ultimately, this deal prevents Iran from getting a nuclear weapon. And if Iran cheats, we will know it,” the congressman said. “How to deal with the threat that Iran represents is a very difficult question, and there is no perfect answer.”

Kildee said that since the agreement was announced he’s “studied it in detail, attended classified briefings on key provisions, and met with the president, administration officials, independent experts, and people I represent.” President Obama hosted House Democrats at the White House yesterday for a closed-door meeting.

“Through this process, I have judged the agreement on its merits while asking what other alternatives are available to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. And the fact remains that there is simply no viable alternative to this agreement that stops Iran from getting this dangerous weapon,” he said.

“Some have suggested that the fate of Amir Hekmati and the other innocent American political prisoners held in Iran be tied to the nuclear deal. However, I do not support this approach. We never want to exchange the freedom of innocent Americans for something that presumably makes the world a less safe place. Amir himself has said that he does not want his release to be traded for such concessions. Simply, he is innocent, has committed no crime, and Iran needs to unilaterally release him.”


Posted at 11:02 am on July 30th, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

Marine Vet Marks Third Birthday Behind Bars in Iran


As Obama administration officials lobbied for the Iran nuclear deal before the House Foreign Affairs Committee today, the images of four Americans held in Iran stared back at them from the dais.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) taped photos of Marine vet Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini, reporter Jason Rezaian, and retired FBI agent Bob Levinson underneath his microphone.

“I put their pictures here to remind you of them today,” Duncan told Secretary of State John Kerry. “I understand not using them as pawns in negotiations, but what should have been — what should have happened is they should have been released as a precondition before ever sitting down with Iran for anything.”

The gesture was even more poignant as Hekmati turned 32 years old today in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison — his third straight birthday behind bars, on the 1,429th day of his imprisonment.

Hekmati, a decorated Marine veteran who served in the Iraq war, was visiting extended family for the first time in August 2011 when he was seized and sentenced on trumped-up espionage charges.

The Flagstaff, Ariz., native had been working as a contractor after leaving the military and planned to study economics at the University of Michigan.

“I still can’t believe you are worlds away, celebrating yet another birthday behind the walls of Evin prison. Today you turn 32. It is your third birthday unjustly imprisoned in Iran. We have watched you move from your late twenties and into your thirties behind those prison walls – away from celebration, away from your family, and away from home. The last time I saw you, you were 28 years old,” his sister, Sarah, wrote in an open letter to Amir today.

“…It is hard to not let this day be overrun by the grief I feel not having you around, especially when our family needs you so much right now, but I will choose this day to honor you instead. Amir, you are a man of integrity. Your loyalty and strength of character are not in your words, but in your actions. And for those of us lucky enough to call you son, brother, uncle, or friend, it is truly our honor to have you be a part of our lives. Happy 32nd Birthday, Bro. We will not stop until you are home.”

The Hekmatis’ congressman, Rep. Dan Kildee (D-Mich.), said in a statement today that “too many birthdays and cherished moments with family have been missed as Amir continues to be caught up in a geopolitical struggle among nations.”

“There isn’t a day that goes by that a member of Congress doesn’t ask me about Amir’s condition and continued captivity. And it is impossible for any member of Congress to erase from our memory the fact that Iran continues to hold Amir and other innocent Americans,” Kildee said.

“I know that Congress will be watching Iran’s behavior very closely over the coming weeks, including if they take action to release Amir and the other innocent Americans it holds. Doing so would be a tangible demonstration to Congress and the world that Iran is serious about rejoining the global community.”

Kerry said at today’s hearing that his “last conversation with Foreign Minister Zarif and with the brother of the president was regarding the four people being held, four American citizens, and we have followed up on that conversation.”

“Since then, we are in direct conversations,” he added. “That’s all I’m going to say here today, that I hope that they will be returned to be with their families.”

Many lawmakers mentioned the U.S. hostages in their questions or remarks.

“Saeed Abedini, Hekmati, Rezaian, Levinson, when are they going to be free?” asked Rep. Chris Smith (R-N.J.).

Posted at 5:02 pm on July 28th, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

Rubio to Kerry: ‘This Deal Does Nothing’ for Americans Held by Iran

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) dedicated part of his statement at today’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the Iran nuclear deal to the Americans being held in Iran.

Secretary of State John Kerry had said earlier in the hearing that “we are going to continue to press Iran for information about the missing American, about the immediate release of Americans who’ve been unjustly held, and there isn’t a challenge in the entire region that we won’t push back against if Iran is involved in it.”

He didn’t mention them by name.

Rubio protested that “nothing in the deal holds Iran to account for human rights.”

“Quite the opposite. The Iranian regime is being rewarded for its atrocious human rights record,” the senator continued. “I know you said you brought up the American hostages in every negotiation, and I — I think we all thank you for that, but for the families of Americans who are missing or detained in Iran, such as that of my constituent, Robert Levinson, this deal brought no new information regarding their loved ones’ whereabouts.”

“This deal does nothing for Washington Post reporter, Jason Rezaian, whose brother Ali is with us in this room today. In fact, you personally met and negotiate with an Iranian official, who impressed on Jason’s case, lied to the world — he lied to the world by saying, we don’t jail people for their opinions.”

Rubio proceeded to say “this deal does nothing for the Marine Corps Sergeant Amir Hekmati, who dictated a letter from prison that said, quote, ‘Secretary Kerry sits politely with the Iranians shaking hands and offering large economic concessions to save them from economic meltdown,’ unquote, as Iran adds hostages.”

“Does nothing for Pastor Saeed Abedini, whose only crime was practicing his religion.”

Rubio concluded that “the only people this deal does anything for directly are the Iranian officials who want to continue to jail and execute their people, who hate Israel think to wipe the Jewish state and its people from the face of the planet, who want to spread mayhem throughout the Middle East, and continue to help Assad slaughter the Syrian people, and perhaps kill some Americans and Israelis while they’re at it.”

Posted at 7:24 pm on July 23rd, 2015 by Bridget Johnson

After Nearly 4 Years in Hands of Iran, Obama Finally Says U.S. Hostage’s Name


Next month, the family of a Marine veteran will mark the grim milestone of his fourth year held by Iran — barring a miraculous change of heart by a regime that originally sentenced him to death for conspiracy to commit espionage.

Today brought another milestone in the tragic case of Amir Hekmati: President Obama finally, for the first time, said his name in public.

The family had been begging the White House just to say Amir’s name.

“He has already been mistreated, abused, and tortured,” his sister, Sarah Hekmati, wrote to White House counter-terrorism advisor Lisa Monaco in April. “Now the mental torture continues as he is made to feel that the country he put his life on the line for, the one he defended, and the president he voted for has left him behind and are not actively trying to secure his freedom.”

“Why has President Obama yet to utter the name Amir Hekmati? Why on days significant for Amir — Memorial Day, Veteran’s Day, the anniversary of his death sentence, the anniversary of his imprisonment — President Obama cannot say the name Amir Hekmati out loud, but he can say it for Jason Rezaian and he can say it for Pastor Abedini? Why when we make a request is it ignored? Why am I forced to write this email to you AGAIN, the same subject AGAIN, the same plea AGAIN?”

Amir, who was seized by Iran in August 2011, was reportedly taunted by his Iranian prison guards after Obama only mentioned one hostage — the Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian — at this year’s White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Obama mentioned the hostages by name today in his remarks to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Philadelphia, on the tail end of the section in his speech dedicated to promoting the Iran nuclear deal and slamming “shaky information” being disseminated about the agreement.

“Of course, even with this deal, we’ll continue to have serious differences with the Iranian government: its support of terrorism, proxies that destabilize the Middle East. So we can’t let them off the hook,” Obama said. “Our sanctions for Iran’s support for terrorism and its ballistic missile program and its human rights violations, those sanctions will remain in place, and we will stand with allies and partners, including Israel, to oppose Iran’s dangerous behavior.”

“We are not going to relent until we bring home our Americans who are unjustly detained in Iran. Journalist Jason Rezaian should be released. Pastor Saeed Abedini should be released. Amir Hekmati, a former sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps should be released. Iran needs to help us find Robert Levinson. These Americans need to be back home with their families.”


Posted at 4:55 pm on July 21st, 2015 by Bridget Johnson