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US Envoy Brian Hook Says Doors for Diplomacy with Iran are Open but Sanctions will Continue


U.S. Special Envoy for Iran Brian Hook said on Friday that the door remains open for a wider negotiation but the sanctions will continue. However, so far talks have been limited to prisoner releases. The relations between the United States and Iran have been sour since history recalls. Following 2015, the US sanctions have already disabled Iran’s economy, and coronavirus pandemic has made it even worse. 

The Trump administration tactical since long and had stated range of conditions, such as the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, an closure to Iran’s ballistic-missile and nuclear-weapons programs, imposing and later easing US sanctions on Iran, etc. 

We desire to see the Iranian government to meet our diplomacy with diplomacy,” Hook told reporters one day after Iran release the US national, Michael White. The US will proceed with harsh policies and sanctions on Iran with an end goal to bring Tehran to the negotiating table. 

Michael White, a U.S. Navy veteran kept in Iran for almost two years has been freed and begun advancing home as a part of prisoners’ exchange deal including an American-Iranian doctor indicted in the United States, U.S. authorities stated.

In July 2018, White was held in Iran while visiting a lady he had met online and had fallen in love with her. He was indicted for insulting Iran’s superior leader and posting private information on the web and was punished for 10 years in jail. 

The release of wrongfully detained US citizens in Iran will continue as per the prisoner’s exchange deal, stated Hook.

White’s release was a part of the deal involving a Florida-based doctor who was also indicted by the Justice Department and after peaceful discussions were released. The two nations have been in a tug of war since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal.

Brian Hook, the US special envoy for Iran traveled to Zurich with a doctor to meet White and will accompany him to the United States via American plane, the authorities announced. On the news of White’s release from Iran, his mom said: “at last the bad dream is over”.


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