In the recent period of time, the United States of America have been trying to get to an agreement with the regime in Iran over the problem of nuclear weapons proliferation and policies. As Iran faces a strong economical embargo from the United States and not only, the government in Tehran might see the nuke discussions as an opportunity to avoid the economical embargo. Basically, the United States have promised to give up the embargo if Iran decided to follow clear policies regarding the nuclear weapons proliferation treaty of the United Nations. However, even if the situation may have been regarded as hopeful, at least at an official level, by the United States authorities and negotiators, it looks like tension levels are raising, as Iran begins espionage trial for US journalist, Jason Rezaian.
The espionage trial recently launched by Iran is a closed trial and it investigates the deeds of Jason Rezaian, a journalist for the Washington Post. The espionage trial has recently begun, more precisely on Tuesday. It has come to the attention of the international media, both on paper and on the world wide web. According to the most analysts in the field who are in connection to this matter, it seems that the closed trial launched by Tehran raises new questions on the matter of how much can the United States rely on Iran as a reliable partner for the nuclear weapons discussion.
According to the official national news agency of Iran, IRNA, the trial which has begun on Tuesday looks over charges of espionage by Jason Rezaian, who is also thought to have communicated information to the United States government, which is seen as hostile, according to the recently released statement. In addition to that, Jason Rezaian of the Washington Post is accused of propaganda against the regime in Iran. According to the Iranian law, such accusations, if confirmed by the closed espionage trial, could put Rezaian behind bars for a period of no less than 6 years.
However, even if the Rezaian trial has been launched on Tuesday, the Washington Post reporter has been detained by now for a period of 10 months. The newspaper for whom he works has criticized the behavior of the Iranian authorities in connection to the Jason Rezaian case in numerous occasions.
“No evidence has ever been produced by prosecutors or the court to support these absurd charges,”
said Martin Baron, the executive editor at Washington Post.
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