In the middle of ongoing nuclear talks between U.S. and Iran, U.S. senators on Monday voted 90-0 in favor of the resolution authored by Senator James Risch calling on Iran to set Abedini, Amir Hekmati, Jason Rezaian and former FBI agent Robert Levinson free.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the resolution directs the administration to “use the tools it has in pursuit of what should be a bipartisan goal: securing the release of American citizens being held as hostages by the regime in Iran,” according to Charisma News. . .
White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said that involving the captivity of these Americans in the discussion with Iran is unacceptable.
He said, “The President would certainly veto any amendment or any bill with an amendment that undermined the unanimous compromise that was reached in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee or that interfered with the ongoing negotiations.” (Read more from “Saeed Abedini Update: U.S. Senate Unanimously Approves Resolution for Release of Iranian-American Pastor and Others in Iran” HERE)