State Department Warns of Further Hostage-Taking by Iran
Wheaton, IL — Earlier this week, the State Department warned U.S. citizens to avoid travel to Iran as, “Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security.”
According to the State Department, the purpose of this warning is to “reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens.”
U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam released the following statement:
“For decades, Iran has unjustly detained and unlawfully imprisoned U.S. citizens. Kidnapping Americans is a core tenet of Iranian foreign policy. It appears the State Department now acknowledges this risk is even greater following the Obama Administration's $400 million ransom payment in exchange for the release of American hostages.
"It is now well-known to Iran that there is a price on the head of all Americans traveling to the Islamic Republic - and an American government willing to pay that price.
"U.S. companies should not put their employees at risk by sending them overseas to conduct business with the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Iran is not a friend, Iran is not an ally, and Iran is certainly not a business partner.”