Iran’s Supreme Court Declares Christians “Not Guilty” of Leading House Churches Ahead of Nuclear Negotiations

Nuclear negotiations in 2019. (Wikimedia Commons)

Iran’s Supreme Court declares nine Christians “not guilty” of leading house churches. Heart4Iran’s Mike Ansari says it’s a move to curry international favor, not a sign of actual change.

“It’s simply politics. It’s simply a game of chess. They (Iranian authorities) allow for the certain release of people and pressure so that they could have a better optic in the international community; so they could say, ‘Look, we are a democratic country, we’re fine,’” Ansari says.

“Don’t buy it. The situation in Iran is still dire.”

The ruling comes as diplomats continue negotiations aimed at renewing the 2015 nuclear accord.

Nuclear negotiations

Iran struck a hard-hitting position in conversations earlier this week. European diplomats say they’re unsure if they can build on agreements reached in June or if they’ll have to start over from scratch.

“If they don’t show that they are serious about this work, then we’ll have a problem. The next 48 hours will be very important,” diplomats from the E3 nations of Britain, France, and Germany said yesterday.

“Iran is dealing with a lot of various sanctions, including human rights violations. [Iranian officials] are saying, ‘if you want us to sit at a table and talk about not enriching nuclear material, then you have to drop all the sanctions,’” Ansari says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller


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