Iran has arrested dozens of dual nationals, including several Americans, in recent years, mostly on espionage charges. Rights activists accuse the country of trying to use detention to win concessions from other countries, although Tehran rejects the allegations.
In an interview with CBS News, Sullivan said that it was a significant priority of President Joe Biden’s administration to get the Americans home safely.
“We have started communicating with Iran on this issue,” said Sullivan when asked if the government had started hostage negotiations with Iran. Also read: Iranian Khamenei Fatwa: Women in cartoons must veil
“We will not accept a long-term proposition where they continue to detain Americans in an unjust and illegal way,” he said, calling it a humanitarian catastrophe.
Sullivan, as reported by Al Arabiya on Monday (22/2/2021), later said that Biden was “determined” to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons and diplomacy is the best way to do that.Also read: Due to storms, GM, Ford and Jeep factories in the US were forced to stop operating
The US said last week that it was ready to talk to Iran about the two countries returning to a 2015 agreement abandoned by the Donald Trump administration. “Iran has not responded,” said Sullivan.
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