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"The United States condemns the conviction of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani. A decision to impose the death penalty would further demonstrate the Iranian authorities' utter disregard for religious freedom," White House spokesman Jay Carney said in a statement.
"Pastor Nadarkhani has done nothing more than maintain his devout faith, which is a universal right for all people.
"That the Iranian authorities would try to force him to renounce that faith violates the religious values they claim to defend, crosses all bounds of decency, and breaches Iran's own international obligations.