President Trump took to Twitter late Sunday to induce Iran to launch the retired FBI agent who had been lacking within the nation since 2007 and stated it will be a really optimistic step towards easing tensions between the 2 nations since provocations on the Strait of Hormuz.

Robert Levinson’s disappearance has been the supply of intrigue. He vanished throughout an unauthorized CIA mission.  Iran acknowledged on Sunday that there’s an open Revolutionary Courtroom case involving Levinson.

“If Iran is ready to flip over to the U.S. kidnapped former FBI Agent Robert A. Levinson, who has been lacking in Iran for 12 years, it will be a really optimistic step,” Trump tweeted.

If Levinson is alive, he can be the longest-held prisoner in U.S. historical past.

Final week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo introduced the State Division would provide $20 million on prime of a $5 million reward already posted for info resulting in Levinson’s restoration and return.

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The AP revealed  in 2013 that Levinson– at 58– had been on a mission for CIA analysts who had no authority to run spy operations. Levinson’s household had acquired a $2.5 million annuity from the CIA as a way to cease a lawsuit revealing particulars of his work, whereas the company pressured out three veteran analysts and disciplined seven others.

Fox Information’ Brie Stimson and the Related Press contributed to this report