Blinken faults Iran for taking ‘American hostages’ as hawks see ransom payments coming

Secretary of State Antony Blinken condemned Iran’s imprisonment of several Americans amid a swirl of now-disputed rumors that U.S. and British officials were nearing a deal to pay the regime billions to release a handful of people.

“I have no higher priority than bringing arbitrarily detained Americans – American hostages – home to the United States,” Blinken said after a meeting with British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab. “And as Dominic said, the reports coming out of Tehran are not accurate. We are very closely engaged ourselves on this issue and we’ll remain so. And as I said, I am determined to bring every American home.”

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