For Immediate Release
April 30, 2015

Kenneth Chan





NRB Urges Iran Bill to Require Release of Americans

Manassas, VA– As the Senate continues consideration of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act, NRB today urged that the final legislation require the release and safe return of Americans, including Pastor Saeed Abedini, who are unjustly incarcerated in Iran.

“Quite frankly, I am confounded that Pastor Saeed Abedini and other U.S citizens unjustly imprisoned by the Iranian regime have not already been set free,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB. “At one time, the securing of Pastor Abedini’s release was a ‘top priority’ to the Obama Administration.  Now it is subject to a presidential veto threat if included in this Iran bill. This is shocking.”

Pastor Saeed Abedini was arrested by Iranian authorities in September 2012 for allegedly being a threat to Iran’s national security.  He has been subjected to brutal interrogations, periods of solitary confinement, physical assault and torture.

In a January meeting in Idaho, President Obama told Pastor Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, that securing his freedom was a “top priority.”  Yesterday, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest indicated the President would veto the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act if a requirement for the release of Americans Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati, and Jason Rezaian were included.

Dr. Johnson continued, “I ask Senators to ensure that our government does not leave these American citizens behind in its negotiations with Tehran.”

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