REPORT: Iran released prisoner in outreach to US

JULY 10, 2019

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Iranian officials reportedly hoped to initiate talks with the Trump administration last month following the release of a prisoner with U.S. permanent residency, but were rebuffed by U.S. officials who saw the gesture as insignificant.

Several U.S. officials told Reuters that Iran’s government had ordered the release of Lebanese businessman Nizar Zakka in June with the hopes of restarting talks with the Trump administration concerning Iran’s nuclear power program and sanction relief.

The article goes on to state the following:

Those talks never occurred, with one U.S. official telling the news service that Zakka’s release was a “missed opportunity” for the Trump administration to de-escalate tensions in the Persian Gulf.

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