A congressman who has pushed to get American prisoners freed in Iran says he will support the nuclear deal reached by world powers and Iran. That decision comes only days after John Kerry the Secretary of State sounded very hopeful about the situation of the detainees.
After consultation and careful review, Representative Dan Kildee from Michigan said he would support the nuclear deal with Iran. He said he determined it would make the world safer and is what is best for the U.S., our allies and the rest of the world.
Kildee, who is the representative for the family of Amir Hekmati a former Marine who is imprisoned, has insisted for quite some time that the fate of the prisoners from the U.S. should not be linked to the deal. He has said that Hekmati feels the same way.
The White House has been determined to keep the two issues separate from one another.
Other Congress members, who are reviewing the nuclear deal now ahead of a September vote have pointed to the imprisonment in Iran of Hekmati and a minimum of two other Americans as reason not to have trust in the Tehran government.
On Tuesday, during testimony in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Kerry said he had brought up the topic of the American prisoners with an official in Iran during the negotiations for the nuclear deal, but on the sidelines.
However, he said the talks about freeing the U.S. prisoners continues, but since then we have had direct conversations, said Kerry.
However, he added that he could say any more on the situation at the moment but his hope is they will be released and back with their families.
That statement was one of the most upbeat involving the prisoners, as there is a privacy law that prevents those involved to reveal much.
In the end, the power to free those prisoners is with the government of Iran, which has its own competing factions.
Besides Hekmati, who has been in prison for four years, Iran is holding Seeed Abedini a Christian pastor and Jason Rezaian a reporter from the Washington Post.
Roberti Levinson a former agent with the FBI is believed to be missing in the country but officials deny he is in Iran custody.