House Representatives Call Upon Iran to Free Detained Americans

A senior U.S. congressman on Tuesday accused the Iranian government of spitting in America's face by holding U.S. citizens while negotiating an end to sanctions in return for curbing its nuclear program. At a House of Representatives committee hearing, relatives of three detained Americans, Saeed Abedini, Amir Hekmati and Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, said they should not be forgotten in the effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran by a June 30 deadline. Eliot Engel, the senior committee Democrat, said that while the cases should not be tied in with the nuclear talks, it would be "ludicrous and outrageous" to have a deal with Iran that did not include freeing the Americans. Committee Chairman Ed Royce, a Republican, added that the detentions showed Iran's "contempt" for the United States.