Obama’s nuclear deal doesn’t include release for Americans languishing in Iranian prison

While the Obama administration was busy celebrating a nuclear deal with Iran on Monday, at least three Americans – and likely a fourth – remained prisoners of the Islamic regime in Tehran.

“What happened today makes a bad deal even worse,” said Jay Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, after learning Monday’s nuclear agreement included no provisions for the release of American captives in Iran.

“We will now focus our attention on convincing Congress to reject this deal,” he said, according to Fox News.

Critics of the nuclear agreement blasted the Obama administration for failing to use the negotiations as leverage to force Iran to release former Marine Amir Hekmati, Washington Post Iran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian and Christian pastor Saeed Abedini from Iranian custody. An ex-FBI agent, Robert Levinson, is also believed to be held by the regime, but Iran does not officially acknowledge it.

Saeed Abedini and his family before his arrest in Iran for "meeting with Christians" in private homes.
Saeed Abedini and his family before his arrest in Iran for “gathering with Christians” in private homes.

Sekulow described the Obama administration’s failure to negotiate on behalf of the imprisoned Americans “unconscionable,” and is pleading with Congress to take action.

Abedini was arrested by Iranian authorities in September 2012 while helping to build an orphanage on charges of “gathering with Christians” in private homes. His wife, Naghmeh, pleaded with Congress in a letter Tuesday to make sure her husband’s imprisonment is not forgotten when lawmakers vote on Obama’s nuclear agreement.

“My children have desperately missed the loving embrace of their father for the last three years of their lives,” she said.

“[These prisoners] are neither a mere statistic nor collateral damage in the world’s attempt to curtail Iran’s nuclear development. They are husbands, fathers, sons, and brothers,” she said. “Do not forget them.”

Despite failing to make provisions for their release part of the nuclear agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Americans being held prisoner by Iran were not forgotten, claiming “these Americans have remained in our thoughts throughout this negotiation.”

But as Monday’s agreement demonstrates, the American prisoners were clearly never considered a vital requisite for reaching a deal.

To the men languishing in Iranian custody, that’s pretty much the same thing as being forgotten.

Carly Fiorina has a DAMNING indictment for Hillary in the Benghazi cover-up


Please help us! If you are fed up with letting radical big tech execs, phony fact-checkers, tyrannical liberals and a lying mainstream media have unprecedented power over your news please consider making a donation to BPR to help us fight them. Now is the time. Truth has never been more critical!

Success! Thank you for donating. Please share BPR content to help combat the lies.
Michael Schaus


We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, profanity, vulgarity, doxing, or discourteous behavior. If a comment is spam, instead of replying to it please click the ∨ icon below and to the right of that comment. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain fruitful conversation.

PLEASE JOIN OUR NEW COMMENT SYSTEM! We love hearing from our readers and invite you to join us for feedback and great conversation. If you've commented with us before, we'll need you to re-input your email address for this. The public will not see it and we do not share it.

Latest Articles