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Media coverage | 18 September 2019

Is Iran using the arrest of dual nationals for economic bargaining?

ELN Director Sir Adam Thomson cited for his interview with MediaLine on Iran’s arrest and detention of western dual nationals.


Sir Adam Thomson, director of the London-based European Leadership Network think-tank, contended that Iran’s actions were a direct consequence of Washington leaving the nuclear deal.

“It’s not surprising that if you push a country like Iran, it will push back. And we should expect hard-line elements in the Iranian regime to use whatever unpleasant and illegal methods they judge to be most effective,”

“We may not sympathize,” Thomson continued, “but it’s not hard to understand this when Iran and its population’s prosperity and dreams are being pushed to the wall by [the] US ‘maximum pressure’ [campaign].”