On Sunday, the US Department of the Treasury said it had imposed new sanctions on Iran for its ballistic missile program. Reports quoted insiders as saying that negotiations in December over the prisoner exchange delayed the imposition of the latest sanctions on Iran.
U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) selected Sarah Palin as his vice presidential running mate during his 2008 run for the White House. "I'm proud to endorse Donald J. She resigned as governor the following year but has remained in the public spotlight on the lecture circuit and as a conservative political commentator.
Obama used his Sunday morning statement from the White House to speak directly to the Iranian people: "We have a rare chance to pursue a new path - a different, better future that delivers progress for both our peoples and the wider world".
That hard-line pushback also helps explain paradoxes like the fact that officials, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, tout the deal's benefits on Twitter even as Iranian censors block the site and other social media services at home.
The weekend saw an exchange of prisoners and a nuclear deal with Iran , with President Barack Obama saying that both events would not have been possible without "smart, patient" diplomatic efforts by the United States. "There was a moment in time when he was told that his mother had died in a vehicle accident", Kildee said. Kildee hailed the agreement that led to the prisoner release as "a victory for diplomacy".
Brett McGurk said Sunday that he was "thrilled" to see Rezaian land safely in Geneva and "overwhelmed" to greet The Washington Post reporter and two other Americans freed by Tehran - former U.S. No names were immediately released in a statement from the judiciary outlining the decision, but among Iranian-American citizens in custody is Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent.