Twenty-three U.S. senators sent a bipartisan letter Thursday, asking President Barack Obama to engage in direct talks with Iran to free Pastor Saeed Abedini.
Saeed was recently transferred to Rajai Shahr Prison, known to be even more dangerous than Evin Prison, where he was previously jailed.
The senators called Saeed's transfer a potential "death sentence" and are asking the president to speak out for his freedom.
"All those who have followed Pastor Saeed's case commend you for raising the issue with President Hasan Rouhani during your telephone call on September 27, 2013," the senators wrote. "We believe this new action by the Iranian regime merits additional response."
"It is imperative for the United States government to speak out boldly on behalf of Pastor Saeed, at the earliest possible opportunity, and we look forward to supporting you in this effort," they said.
***You can sign the petition urging direct action from President Obama for Pastor Saeed's release.