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US Envoy Won't Raise Fate of Imprisoned Americans

Issue shadows sensitive meeting with Iran
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 24, 2007 4:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – The fate of four Iranian-Americans imprisoned in Tehran won't come up in today's talks between the US and Iran for fear of scuttling the negotiations, Bloomberg reports. US ambassador Ryan Crocker will focus on Iraq and Iran's nuclear program in the Baghdad meeting, only the second direct talks between the two nations in 27 years.

The four Americans—three academics and a journalist—are accused of plotting against the Tehran government  on behalf of the US. Says one expert in Iranian-American relations: "I don't see the utility of paying lip service to Iranian human-rights abuses in State of the Union speeches, yet totally ignoring the topic in face-to-face discussions.''  (Read more Ryan Crocker stories.)

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