Iran should release a pastor who's been sentenced to death for apostasy, White House press secretary
Jay Carney said, The Associated Press Reported.
Carney said 32-year-old
Yousuf Naderkhani, who turned to Christianity when he was 19, has done nothing more than stay devoted to his faith.
Iran's attempt to force him to renounce that faith "crosses all bounds of decency" and breaches Iran's international obligations, he added.
The pastor was convicted of apostasy in 2010.
His lawyer says he's appeared before an appeals court over the past four days and expects a ruling on a possible acquittal by week's end.