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Trump Issues Ultimatum To Iran Over Americans Unjustly Detained By Tehran

© REUTERS / Marius BoschA view shows Tehran's skyline at night with the Milad tower, the sixth tallest tower in the world, Iran May 3, 2016
A view shows Tehran's skyline at night with the Milad tower, the sixth tallest tower in the world, Iran May 3, 2016 - Sputnik International
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The White House is willing to impose "new and serious consequences" against Iran if American prisoners held in Iran are not repatriated to the US.

"President Trump is prepared to impose new and serious consequences on Iran unless all unjustly imprisoned American citizens are released and returned," the administration said Friday evening. 

New punitive measures will be applied against Iran if the nation's leaders do not send home all US nationals. 

Washington maintains that its citizens are being held unjustly.  "For nearly 40 years, Iran has used detentions and hostage taking as a tool of state policy, a practice that continues to this day to with the recent sentencing of Xiyue Wang to ten years in prison," the White House said. 

Wang is a Chinese-born American who was recently charged with espionage. Wang, 37, was a graduate student at Princeton studying history prior to detention. 

"President Trump urges Iran to return Robert Levinson home," the statement noted. 

US Secretary of State John Kerry, left, meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, right, in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, on what is expected to be implementation day, the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal. - Sputnik International
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Levinson worked for the FBI before retiring in 2007, the same year he traveled alone to Iran. Political expert Mojtaba Jalalzadeh of the Islamic Azad University based in Iran's capital told Spuntik Persia, "later it became known that he maintained close ties with the FBI and arrived to Iran on a spy mission."

Siamak and Baquer Namazi are also included in Washington's list of demands. 

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