As if relations between the U.S. and Iran could get worse, Iran announced that it is sentencing American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for espionage. Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, was arrested while visiting his grandmother in Iran in August. After leaving the Marines in 2005, he ran his own linguistics company, working for the military and civilian businesses. Iran claims he was being sent by the CIA to deliver information to Iran that would later be used to link it to terrorist activities. Hekmati’s family denies the charges. Hekmati has 20 days to appeal.