The Ottumwa Courier

November 25, 2013

Former hostage praises negotiations with Iran


Ottumwa Courier

---- — WAVERLY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa woman who was once held captive by Iranian revolutionaries for more than a year is happy to see the United States talking with Iran.

Kathryn Koob told The Associated Press Sunday she doesn't want to comment on the deal that calls for Iran to freeze its nuclear program temporarily.

Koob says it would be premature for her to discuss the negotiations because she doesn't know the details.

But Koob says she's glad the United States and Iran are sitting at the table and negotiating.

Koob was one of 66 Americans held hostage in Iran beginning in 1979. She had been working in a cultural-exchange program in Tehran before she was captured.

After several other foreign service assignments, Koob retired to Waverly, Iowa, to teach at Wartburg College.