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Pressure on Biden mounts with Namazi hunger strike in Iran

As Siamak Namazi, a US citizen, starts a week-long hunger strike to protest his seven-year detention, Iran said his release is possible if the United States shows the "political will" to reach a deal.

WASHINGTON — An American prisoner’s hunger strike in Iran has renewed pressure on the Biden administration to cut a deal with Tehran that would free several US citizens held in Iranian custody.

Siamak Namazi, currently the longest-held American prisoner in Iran, embarked Monday on a seven-day hunger strike — one day to mark each year he’s spent behind bars. Namazi is detained in the notorious Evin Prison, where his family says he has endured long stretches of solitary confinement and torture. 

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