While we’re so happy to hear that 3 innocent American
prisoners hostages may be returned. We’re just wondering who the Obama regime is willing to release from prison and how 3 American hostages for 19 Iranian prisoners is a fair deal?
Iran will work to free three Americans from its prisons if the US releases jailed Iranians, the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, said on Sunday.
“If the Americans take the appropriate steps and set them 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,” said Rouhani, who is in New York for the United Nations general assembly.
At least three Americans, all of them of Iranian heritage, are in jail in Iran including Jason Rezaian, a correspondent for the Washington Post who was arrested in July 2014 and accused of spying.
The two other Americans are Amir Hekmati, a former US Marine who was charged with spying, and Saeed Abedini, a convert to Christianity who gathered a Bible study group.
Much of Iran’s judiciary is known for its closeness to hardliners, who are eager to scuttle the moderate Rouhani’s efforts to reconcile with Western powers.
“Nothing would make me happier” than movements to release prisoners, Rouhani said.
The US has regularly demanded the unconditional release of the three prisoners.
Secretary of state John Kerry, when asked by reporters about Rouhani’s remarks, said he has “yet to hear directly” from Iran on the idea. “We’ve had some conversations but we’ll wait and see where we are,” he said.
For its part, Iran has sought the freedom of 19 of its citizens who are jailed in the US in connection with Washington’s sanctions against the Islamic republic’s nuclear program.
Under Rouhani, Iran has reached an agreement with the US and five other powers to end suspicious nuclear activity in return for sanctions relief.
While tensions have eased, Iran and the US have not had diplomatic relations since 1980, a year after the Islamic revolution toppled the Western-oriented shah.
Another American, former FBI agent Robert Levinson, disappeared in Iran in 2007 but his whereabouts are unclear.
Via: The Guardian