The American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ), which represents the family of American Pastor Saeed Abedini, said the agreement reached between the United States and Iran is “unconscionable” because it leaves Pastor Saeed, a U.S. citizen, behind—imprisoned in Iran because of his Christian faith. “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,” said Jay Sekulow, Chief Counsel of the ACLJ.

“President Obama told the Abedini family face-to-face that he considered the release of Pastor Saeed a ‘top priority.’ How could that be a ‘top priority’ when a deal is reached and Pastor Saeed is left behind? What happened today makes a bad deal even worse. We will now focus our attention on convincing Congress to reject this deal.” Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of American Pastor Saeed, is deeply disappointed with today’s outcome. MORE