US asks Iran to release all Americans detained there

    16 de julio de 2017

    Washington, Jul 16 (efe-epa).- The US government asked Iran this Sunday to release all Americans unjustly detained in that country, after learning of a 10-year sentence imposed on a US citizen.

    "The Iranian regime continues to hold American citizens and other foreigners captive on bogus charges related to national security," a US State Department official said in a statement sent to EFE on condition of anonymity.

    The official also called for the "immediate liberation of all US citizens unjustly detained in Iran."

    "All US citizens, especially those of dual nationality, who are considering a trip to Iran, should read carefully our latest travel warning," the source said.

    As reported in various US media, a person of US nationality, whose identity has not been released, was sentenced Saturday to 10 years in prison in Iran for entering that country surreptitiously to "gather information."

    Last October two US citizens, Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer Namazi, who also have Iranian nationality, were sentenced to prison in Iran. Washington has been demanding their release ever since.

    And because 10 years have gone by since the 2007 disappearance of former FBI agent Robert Levinson in that country, the US government also asked Iran to fulfill its commitment to help find him.

    In January 2016, Tehran authorities freed The Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and another three Iranian-American citizens in exchange for the US dropping charges against seven Iranians.