Kerry: Pollard release not related to Iran deal

WASHINGTON – US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Tuesday the upcoming release of Jonathan Pollard, a former US Navy intelligence officer convicted of spying for Israel, was not tied to the nuclear agreement with Iran.

Israel’s leaders have strongly objected to the deal and there has been speculation that Pollard’s release, scheduled for November, was arranged to help warm US ties to Israel despite that disagreement. “I haven’t even had a conversation about it. No, not at all,” Kerry told reporters as he left a House of Representatives committee hearing on the nuclear agreement.



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