PRESIDENT Donald Trump has threatened new sanctions and serious consequences on Iran if they do not release American citizens “unjustly” imprisoned there.
Mr Trump urged Iran to return Robert Levinson, an American former law enforcement officer who disappeared more than 10 years ago in Iran, and demanded that Tehran release businessman Siamak Namazi and his father, Baquer, the White House said in a statement.
The statment comes as tensions continue to escalate with Iran.
Earlier this week the US had imposed additional economic sanctions on the Middle Eastern nation over the Iranian growing ballistic missile programme and “malign activities” that threatened “international peace”.
US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: “Iran’s other malign activities are serving to undercut whatever ‘positive contributions’ to regional and international peace and security were intended to emerge.”
Ms Nauert also criticised Iran for continuing to develop its ballistic missile program, which the United States and other countries consider a violation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry later hit back calling the new sanctions “contemptible and worthless” and promised to retaliate “soon” with reciprocal sanctions against American interests.