A fifth man — described as a recently detained student named Matthew Trevithick– was separately released, U.S. officials said. [CNN]
SECRETARY JOHN KERRY is providing continued evidence of his diplomatic prowess and worldwide reputation, as we learn that five American
hostages prisoners in Iran will be released. Under President Obama‘s driven determination to open relations with Iran, something that could change the Middle East forever and for the better, the exclamation point on negotiating the Iran Deal is a win for humanity.
According to CNN just this afternoon, the IAEA has announced Iranian compliance with nuclear agreement
Don’t the Republicans look ridiculous now? All those squealers, including General Jack Keane, wanting President Obama to act hastily when the two American boats lost navigation, then were overtaken, the Iranians hoping to make hair-trigger American politicians force a reaction from President Obama.
While President Obama’s steely resolve, unending patience for the long game, and trust in Secretary Kerry’s unflinching ability to communicate, knowing the stakes all too well, ground down to the moment when it all clicked into gear.
Having worked for, interviewed, and had the pleasure of watching Secretary Kerry back when he was still a senator and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Iran Deal being capped with the release of Washington Post Tehran correspondent Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini, and Nosratollah Khosrawi-Roodsari (not known held until today) is a testament to Kerry’s skills, his humanity, and a soldier’s code to never leave anyone behind.
As for President Obama’s dogged stubbornness in never straying from what he knows is in the best interests of America’s future and every country and citizen of the Middle East, his presidency is still making changes and giving people everywhere hope.
The State Department never publicly disclosed the existence of negotiations to free the Americans and publicly rejected calls to tie the prisoners — or any other issue — to the nuclear talks. But privately, Brett McGurk, who until recently was deputy secretary of state for Iran and Iraq, led talks focusing on the prisoners.
Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, the public faces of the nuclear deal negotiations, also spoke in private about the prisoners. Kerry and Zarif deliberately kept the prisoner talks separate from the nuclear negotiations, never raising the two topics in the same meeting, according to a second senior administration official. Kerry, faced with resistance to the deal at home and in Iran, kept the prisoner talks alive at several critical moments, the second senior official said.
McGurk, who is better known for his current role as the U.S. special envoy for the coalition fighting the Islamic State, is also known within the State Department as a skilled negotiator who worked with Iranian officials during his extensive time in Iraq. He was also able to fly under the radar throughout months of negotiations with the Iranians, a feat that would have been more difficult for Kerry.