July 29, 2016

Quietly, Iran keeps taking hostages, exposing an internal rift

But the prospects for freeing Iran’s imprisoned dual nationals before Mr. Obama leaves office – not to mention ending the practice altogether – are not bright, says Reza Marashi, research director at the National Iranian American Council in Washington. “You have to put the likelihood at 50-50 at best,” he says. “The ability to align timing and interests, that’s completely up in the air.” With the Iran-American community numbering about 1 million and with eased travel between the two countries, Mr. Marashi says that those favoring improved relations in both countries have an interest in finding a solution to the use of detention as a tool.

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