Iran's Jailing of Americans Shows 'Contempt' for US: Congressman

A senior U.S. congressman on Tuesday accused the Iranian government of spitting in America's face by detaining U.S. citizens during negotiations to wind down Iran's nuclear program.
Republican Committee Chairman Ed Royce said the detentions showed Iran's quote "contempt" for the United States. He also questioned whether the US could trust Iran at the negotiating table after failing to help the three jailed Americans.
At a House of Representatives committee hearing, relatives of the detained Americans said they should not be forgotten in the effort to seal a nuclear deal with Iran by a June 30 deadline.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a resolution calling on Iran to immediately release the three and to provide information about Robert Levinson, an American missing in Iran since 2007.



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