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Naghmeh Abedini to Congress: ‘I felt abandoned’

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Lantos Swett—whose late father, Rep. Tom Lantos, was the only Holocaust survivor to serve in Congress—said the U.S. government should heed Iran’s actions, not its words. “A lot has been said about [Iran President Hassan] Rouhani’s charm-offensive, but when you actually look at what is going on in Iran since he took office, it's actually more alarming than charming,” she said.

Lawmakers also discussed other American prisoners in Iran, including FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in Iran in 2007, and Amir Hekmati, arrested in 2011 for allegedly spying on Iran for the CIA. Multiple members noted that last month Levinson spent his 2,455th day in prison, making him the longest-held hostage in U.S. history.

Naghmeh told me she believes the U.S. government missed a golden opportunity with the nuclear talks.

“It would have been an easy ask and an easy give to release the Americans, including my husband,” she said. “Now it's going to be much harder.”

J.C. Derrick
J.C. Derrick

J.C. is a reporter in WORLD's Washington Bureau. He spent 10 years covering sports, higher education, and politics for the Longview News-Journal and other newspapers in Texas before joining WORLD in 2012. Follow J.C. on Twitter @jcderrick1.

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