US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said today, Tuesday, that Washington will never hesitate to use force when American lives and vital interests are at stake, but he pointed out that his country will only do so when the goals are clear and viable.
In addition, Blinken tweeted that “today marks 14 years since husband and beloved father Bob Levinson was kidnapped in Iran.”
He continued. “I was honored to speak with Bob’s family and promised to pressure Iran to obtain honest answers about the fate of former FBI employee Bob Levinson.”
Although Blinken suggested that Levinson was “killed,” He said that the case was “not closed yet” even 14 years after the incident.
The United States imposed sanctions on two senior officials in the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security last December, accused of participating in the “kidnapping of Bob.” Levinson and his detention. ”
Today marks 14 years since beloved husband and father Bob Levinson was abducted in Iran. I was honored to speak with Bob’s family and promised to press Iran for the answers that they deserve and for the freedom of all Americans unjustly held by Iran.
– Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 9, 2021
And the US Treasury announced that it had imposed sanctions on Muhammad Basri and Ahmed Khazaee (Judge Ahmed), for suspected involvement in the kidnapping of the former FBI officer, “F BP, Bob Levinson, 14 years ago.
Levinson was on vacation on the Iranian island of Kish in 2007 before he disappeared from it, and at that time the US government said he was not in Iran as one of its employees.
Years later, Iran said that Levinson “left the country to an unknown destination,” but the US authorities confirm that he was not released from Iranian detention, while a US court fined Tehran $ 1.4 billion last October for his kidnapping.
Blinken also called for “the release of all American citizens unjustly detained in Iran,” and for “the abhorrent act of unfair detention for political gain to cease immediately.”