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11 December 2019

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo advised “Americans and people of all nationalities about the massive risks associated with travel to Iran”, noting that “Americans and particularly dual-national Iranian Americans traveling to Iran face a very high risk of kidnapping, arrest and detention”. He also expressed “hope that the [7 December detainee] exchange that took place will lead to a broader discussion on consular affairs. We still have Americans held in Iran, too many for sure… I hope that it portends well for this. We’ve had some indication that that may be the case, but I don’t want to overstate that”. “We don’t change our policy”, Pompeo added. “You see today we’re still announcing continuation of our maximum pressure campaign. But if we can find an opening to deliver these people back to their families and back to America, we will certainly do that”.

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