The House Foreign Affairs Committee has passed a resolution calling on Iran to release Pastor Saeed Abedini and condemning the country for its persecution of religious minorities.
Abedini, an American citizen, has been imprisoned for more than a year for his Christian faith.
The resolution calls for sanctions against the Islamic Republic for detaining him.
The Obama administration has been urging Congress to hold off on new sanctions against Tehran, fearing they may hinder talks on curbing Iran's nuclear program.
Meanwhile, Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the American Center for Law and Justice, said Saeed's condition remains dire, adding that the pastor has been denied medication prescribed for his internal injuries.
Sekulow said he "believe[s] prayer and strong international pressure -- the outcry of hundreds of thousands of people around the world -- are keeping Pastor Saeed alive."
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