Tehran seeks release of 19 Iranians imprisoned in U.S.
Tehran, Iran, Aug. 26
By Temkin Jafarov -- Trend:
There are dozens of Iranians in the U.S. imprisoned on sanction-related charges, Iran foreign ministry spokeswoman said.
"Some of Iranians released from imprisonment have been under supervision for long time and Iran wants to have consular access to both imprisoned and released Iranians in the U.S.," the Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham said during a press conference on August 26, Trend's correspondent reported.
She said, "we call the U.S. government and judiciary system to put end on imprisonment and keeping Iranians under control."
Additional to the 19 Iranians jailed on sanction-related charges, Iran says another 60 Iranians are held for ordinary crimes in the U.S.
Iran also has jailed three Americans including Jason Rezaian the Washington Post's journalist in Tehran, as well as Amir Hekmati a former Marine and Saeed Abedini, the American Christian pastor.
Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent and contractor for the CIA also vanished after visiting Iran in 2007. Iranian officials have denied any knowledge of his whereabouts.
Iran also says that he doesn't plan to swap prisoners between Tehran and Washington.
Edited by CN