While some are heralding the Iran nuclear deal reached Tuesday as a major diplomatic achievement, a group advocating for the release of an Idaho man from an Iranian prison is calling it “unconscionable.”
Boise Pastor Saeed Abedini was imprisoned in Iran almost three years ago for his involvement in Christian activities.
The Washington, D.C.-based American Center for Law & Justice, which is supporting Abedini’s family, wanted President Barack Obama to secure Abedini’s freedom as part of the nuclear deal.
“President Obama told the Abedini family face-to-face that he considered the release of Pastor Saeed a ‘top priority.’ How could that be a ‘top priority’ when a deal is reached and Pastor Saeed is left behind?” the group said in a press release Tuesday. “What happened today makes a bad deal even worse. We will now focus our attention on convincing Congress to reject this deal.”
Abedini’s wife, Naghmeh, responded with disappointment on social media:
Update on Saeed and the nuclear deal reached with Iran: pic.twitter.com/U1QSqnK0QG— Naghmeh Abedini (@NaghmehAbedini) July 14, 2015