by Carey Lodge
Naghmeh Abedini, who has campaigned relentlessly for her husband's release since his arrest in 2012, has issued a statement urging the Obama Administration to reconsider.
"I plead with Congress to ensure that my husband, an American citizen, is not left behind," she said.
"With the announcement of a deal and yet silence as to the fate of Saeed and the other Americans held hostage in Iran, their fate lies now in the hands of Congress. I plead with each member of Congress to review the deal with our family at the forefront of their thoughts.
"Congress holds the key to bringing my husband home, to returning the father to my children. My children have desperately missed the loving embrace of their father for the last three years of their lives. They have grown up almost half of their lives without their father. Please help us ensure the remainder of their childhood includes both a mother and a father."
The American Centre for Law and Justice (ACLJ), which is supporting Naghmeh in her campaign, branded the nuclear deal "unconscionable" because of its failure to secure Saeed's release.
"It is unconscionable that the Obama Administration would sign a deal with Iran without securing the freedom of Pastor Saeed who has been imprisoned for nearly three years simply because of his Christian faith," a statement from the ACLJ's chief counsel Jay Sekulow said...