Obama fails to secure American pastor’s release from Iran, despite Senate pressure
The Obama administration apparently failed to secure the release of an American pastor imprisoned in Iran for his beliefs before striking a nuclear arms deal with the Iranian government early Sunday.
Though Secretary of State John Kerry managed to partially close down some of Iran’s nuclear program, while allowing the country to continue to enrich uranium, he did not gain the release of American pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been imprisoned in Iran for more than a year and reportedly tortured for spreading Christianity.
“Was the Christian pastor’s release part of this weekend’s ‘historic’ deal struck with Iran? If not, why not?,” former Alaska governor Sarah Palin tweeted Sunday.
The push to free Abedini as part of the nuclear deal was spearheaded by the American Center for Law and Justice [ACLJ], which predictably condemned Kerry’s inability to secure the American’s release.
“President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry turned their backs on a U.S. citizen by refusing to secure his freedom before reaching an agreement with Iran,” ACLJ chief counsel Jay Sekulow said in a statement following the deal.