Iran rejects threats over US prisoners
Tehran, Iran - Iran’s government rejected US demands to release American prisoners on Saturday, saying it had no control over the judiciary.
“The judiciary, courts and judges in Iran are completely independent, as in any other country,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.
“Any interventionist and threatening statement by American officials and institutions has no effect on the will and determination of the country’s judicial system to try and punish criminals and violators of the country’s laws and national security,” Ghasemi added.
He was responding to a White House statement on Friday, which said: ‘President [Donald] Trump is prepared to impose new and serious consequences on Iran unless all unjustly imprisoned American citizens are released and returned.’