Washington: The White House announced in a statement on Friday that United States President Donald Trump has warned Iran of serious consequences unless all unjustly detained American citizens are released and returned.
Trump has urged Iran to return Robert Levinson, an American former law enforcement officer who disappeared more than 10 years ago in that country, and demanded that Tehran release businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer.
This comes after Washington slapped new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile programme on Tuesday and said Tehran’s malign activities in the Middle East undercut any positive contributions coming from the 2015 nuclear accord.
The White House’s latest statement said Trump and his administration were redoubling efforts to bring back all Americans unjustly detained abroad.
An Iranian court had sentenced 46-year-old Siamak Namazi and his 80-year-old father Baquer Namazi to 10 years in prison each on charges of spying and cooperating with the United States.