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The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release

Statement on American Citizens Unjustly Detained in Iran

President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are redoubling efforts to bring home all Americans unjustly detained abroad.  The United States condemns hostage takers and nations that continue to take hostages and detain our citizens without just cause or due process.

For nearly forty years, Iran has used detentions and hostage taking as a tool of state policy, a practice that continues to this day with the recent sentencing of Xiyue Wang to ten years in prison.  Iran is responsible for the care and well-being of every United States citizen in its custody.  President Trump urges Iran to return Robert Levinson home, who has been held for over 10 years, and demands Iran release Siamak and Baquer Namazi, who were taken during the Obama administration, along with all other American citizens unjustly detained by Iran.  President Trump is prepared to impose new and serious consequences on Iran unless all unjustly imprisoned American citizens are released and returned