Saturday, July 22, 2017

Iran ratchets up its US hostage-taking game


Iran’s mullahs must be jealous of all the attention Kim Jong-un got after the death of US college student Otto Warmbier shortly after Pyongyang returned him from North Korean captivity.
Last week, after all, their kangaroo courts slapped a 10-year prison sentence on another US student, Xiyue Wang, who’s pursing a doctorate at Princeton. Tehran claims Wang, a Chinese American, is a US spy who took 4,500 pictures of Iranian documents.

Wang joins four other US citizens held hostage in Iran. Baquer and Siamak Namazi, an 80-year-old father and son, are being held in the country’s notorious Evin prison, along with art-gallery owner Karan Vafadari. Robert Levinson, an ex-FBI agent who disappeared in 2007, is also believed to be an Iranian hostage.

Wang’s sentencing may be an escalation of Iran’s hostage war against the United States.


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