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Iranian Hostages' Wives Disappointed With Nuclear Deal

The wives of a pastor held prisoner in Iran and a former FBI agent believed to be a hostage there expressed disappointment July 14 that the United States agreed to a nuclear deal that doesn't help their husbands.

Naghmeh Abedini, whose husband is a Christian pastor who has been in Iranian custody since 2012, said she met President Barack Obama in January and urged him not to approve a deal without working on securing her husband's release.

Saeed Abedini was sentenced to eight years for what Iran claimed was undermining state security when he attempted to build a church network in private homes.

Christine Levinson, the wife of retired FBI agent Robert Levinson, who vanished while working for the CIA eight years ago and is believed being held hostage, urged U.S. leaders to resolve his case "with the same sense of urgency" that marked the nuclear negotiations.

"This nightmare must end," she said.

With reporting by AP