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Rubio, Nelson, Deutch Call out Iran for Denying Commitment to Assist with Bob Levinson Case

Mar 12, 2018 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C.— U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bill Nelson (D-FL) and U.S. Representative Ted Deutch (D-FL-21) issued the following statements today after recent reports of Iran denying its commitment to help the U.S. in bringing Bob Levinson home:
“Shortly after the 11th anniversary of Bob Levinson’s disappearance, Iran falsely claimed that they have no information on Bob’s whereabouts and that they had made no commitment to the U.S. in helping to bring him home,” said Rubio. “We know that little happens in Iran without its dictatorship knowing about it, so the Iranian regime’s duplicitous behavior further demonstrates its evil nature. I urge the Trump Administration to immediately call out Iran and press them to uphold their commitments to Bob’s case. To the Iranian regime, know that we remain resolved in our mission to bring Bob home.”‎
“After eleven long years, it’s simply unconscionable for Iran to pretend like it doesn’t have a responsibility to find Bob and bring him home,” said Nelson. “The bottom line is, if Iran doesn’t have Bob, they know where to find him—we can never let them off the hook.”
“This is a despicable attempt by Iran to absolve itself of past commitments to help locate Bob and bring him home,” said Deutch. “If Iran wants to be treated like a member of the international community, it needs to live up to its past promises – and basic human decency – and reunite Bob with his family. Numerous times Iran has offered its assistance on Bob’s case. We haven’t forgotten. The Iranian government is wrong if it thinks we will just sit and wait; we expect, and the Levinson family deserves, more than this.”
In January, Rubio, Nelson, and Deutch introduced the Iran Human Rights and Hostage-Taking Accountability Act. The bill, which specifically acknowledges Bob Levinson, would require the imposition of sanctions on Iranian individuals responsible for detaining Americans, corruption, and human rights abuses.