Iran's foreign minister talks of possible relief for jailed Americans
January 23rd, 2014
07:04 PM ET

Iran's foreign minister talks of possible relief for jailed Americans

By Jennifer Rizzo

A reduced sentence for two Americans jailed in Iran may be possible, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an exclusive interview with CNN's Jim Sciutto.

"We have various clemency measures in Iran that can be introduced, happened in the past, can be introduced again in these cases," Zarif said in the interview this week from Davos, Switzerland.

Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, was arrested in Iran in August 2011 and held on espionage charges.

The Obama administration has said he is not a spy.

Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor is also jailed, accused of proselytizing Christianity during a trip to Iran. He was accused of attempting to undermine the Iranian government and endangering national security.

Abedini's family says he is behind bars in a dangerous prison.

President Barack Obama pushed for the release of Abedini and Hekmati when he spoke on the phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in September.

Still, Zarif said the decision for clemency does not rest with him.

"That is something for the judiciary to decide," he said.

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  1. Jfhfg Uhkjhfgh

    Another way to put it: Not only did Hitler lose Germany Hitler would later lose all Whites from the West to a few Terrorists over time in America .

    January 31, 2014 at 9:09 am | Reply
  2. Jfhfg Uhkjhfgh

    If you notice a Blond woman in America you will also notice three Colored teen agers following the Blonds scent shamelesly and in the Militant format. The moneyed Jewish owners can not wait for the real "Whites to be whipped off the block" (qoute. NWA)

    January 31, 2014 at 9:02 am | Reply
  3. Jfhfg Uhkjhfgh

    Coloreds are not capable of making white Babbies. Whites can always make colored babies as well as white babies. Coloreds practice what they preech to each other as well as others. Whites give all of their money to the Colords just for their own personal copy of the proverbial train-cars rolling toward the ovens in the extermination of the Blonds.

    January 31, 2014 at 8:55 am | Reply
  4. Jhgdf Jhth

    Differences can not be resolved by the color of ones skin.

    January 31, 2014 at 8:32 am | Reply
  5. Kjhfs Hkhfs

    No White babies being born in America.

    January 30, 2014 at 6:42 pm | Reply
  6. Kjhfs Hkhfs

    Iran is a destination point for unsatisfied illegal alians.

    January 30, 2014 at 6:40 pm | Reply
  7. Kjtfgg Fhkthjt

    As you can see Iran is protecting Americans in Iran not Americans.

    January 29, 2014 at 8:38 am | Reply
  8. Crosswinds

    Poor tough Iran........afraid of a little pastor speaking of The Love of Jesus Christ........a threat to national security? Rather they know the power of the gospel, and satan does as well.........

    1 Thessalonians 2:16
    Forbidding us to speak to the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins alway: for the wrath is come upon them to the uttermost.

    January 26, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      Don't forget Crosswinds, that we and the Iranians do believe in the same god. The name Allah is Arabic for Jehovah and the Bible says that the Arabs and the Jews are have a common ancestor by the name of Abraham. Abraham had eight sons, the two oldest being Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael is the ancestor to the Arabs whereas Isaac is the forefather to the Jews.

      January 27, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • ratti

        Islam hates the God of Jews and Christians. The Judeo-Christian God is NOT the same God they call Allah. Their Muhammed sat around as a boy, listening to travellers who were Jews and Christians, heard stories of their religions, and later made one up based on Abraham's illegitimate son born out of an adulterious relationship, which God told him NOT to do. Ishmael was born out of disobedience to God's instructions. Islamic practices, beliefs and places of worship are founded in the other pagan religions that his people followed before that time, hence the crescent moon being on every thing. They travelled the Earth, stealing and plundering, raping and murdering any Jews and Christians who did not submit to their rule (Sharia Law) What do you think the Ottoman Empire was? That is what they are all trying to get back now. They are not trying to "coexist" with Jews and Christians, but rather obliterate them from the face of the Earth. Same God? Islam does not think we have the same God, they are taught they we have the story wrong, and that their book, The Q'uaran, is the TRUE version of the story.

        January 29, 2014 at 5:38 pm |
      • Melson

        Because they have the same lineage, they have the same God? We all have the same lineage, and certainly not the same God.

        January 29, 2014 at 7:50 pm |
  9. isaac acosta

    iran can not bomb united states because you iran and us in the u.s.a we have a life ahhead of us and you to iran so dont start war we will all rejuice and have peace all together world wide and we can all come back to peace forever take my advice see the united states is a beatiful country ever and the war will not start see united states has been to qurra fria and war world 1 and 2 and we have enough with war so iran resume to your normal days and forget about the nuclear bombs

    January 26, 2014 at 12:45 am | Reply
  10. jonny

    Let them all go at it till the last man standing I DONT CARE but stay the hell out of it and dont give them weapons or money.

    January 24, 2014 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  11. Random

    You are missing another tipping point CNN.

    They are right, something is going to happen in sochi. I was convinced you were playing into their hand at first but its obvious once I thought about it and started connecting the dots. Sochi started with some dry runs , in train stations. Iraq Is tipped (not beyond tending it but really close to civil war) Syria is beyond tending and its actually being won. AQ leader used my words to plead with them to stop 'infighting' He is listening and reacting and it seems we are not. They can see they are losing a war of attrition now and now that it stands to make them lose they will try to ally with the same rebel guys they ran off last month and have been slaughtering. Now is the time to buttress the humane rebels.
    It is clear the next target is egypt. Stage one just kicked off. Targeted minor killings to catalyze fighting. Right now is when that reactionary force would be moved. Egypt is where it would go. They are trying to split the fronts while consolidating their fighters.

    January 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  12. Mcshannon

    Speaking to anyone with manners and respect, shows a humane side of us even when we suspect that those we are speaking to are totally disconnected from our own vision of friendship and cooperation. Iran needs friends it can trust and if we can't be a close friend we can demonstrate and so can they that by certain actions great strides are possible in resolving differences.

    January 24, 2014 at 10:22 am | Reply
    • Melson

      What do you mean Iran needs close friend's it can trust? Trust to do what? What do you think Iran wants, Mcshannon? I'm not sure I really understand your comment, but it seems to be saying that if you speak kindly to someone, "differences" can be resolved.

      January 30, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Reply

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