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The United States had Iran at the negotiating table but didn’t secure the release of Saeed Abedini, the American pastor held captive in Iran.
Now activists like Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel at the American Center for Law and Justice, are questioning whether the administration left Abedini behind.
“We had the ultimate negotiating capability,” Sekulow said. “The Iranian sanctions that the United States government put on the Iranians have been significant enough that it brought the Iranians to the table, and we blinked. The United States blinked, and that’s the tragedy in all this.”
Naghmeh Abedini, the pastor's wife, fears her husband will die in Iran.
“In this prison he’s with murderers on death row; we’re worried about his health,” she said. “He will not survive the eight years if he doesn’t get out of there immediately.”