Iran re­jects threats over US pris­on­ers

Muscat Daily - - REGION -

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.’

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