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Iran says it is holding US Navy veteran

10 January 2019, 05:31 | Darnell Patrick

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi

Ghasemi denied allegations that White, who hails from Imperial Beach, California, has been mistreated in prison.

Iran has confirmed it is holding a US Navy veteran - a development likely to worsen relations between the two countries even further.

White said she did not intend to release further details because she was anxious about the complexity of her son's case in Iran.

"An American citizen named Michael White was arrested in the city of Mashhad a while ago and the US Interests Section in Tehran was informed in the first days" since his arrest, Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi told reporters Wednesday.

"I'm very anxious about his health", she told CBS News, "He just got over cancer and I'm anxious about his condition".

"Due to privacy considerations, we have no additional information to provide at this time", the representative said.

CNN also cited Michael White's wife Lupe White as saying that the last time she saw his husband was on July 9, and on July 10, he sent her a message in which he wrote that he was on a business trip that would last for two weeks. Wang was later sentenced for espionage charges.

She said the State Department had not contacted her and she was unaware he was in prison until reached by CNN. "They are being kept from their families, and they need to come home".

White joins at least three other United States citizens, two of them of Iranian descent, being held in Iran.

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Siamak Namazi, and his father, Baquer Namazi, are Iranian-Americans who have been detained since October 2015 and February 2016, respectively.

"We have no higher priority than the safety and security of USA citizens overseas".

White is the fourth American known to be held by Iran, according to CBS News.

He also re-imposed sanctions a year ago that damaged Iran's economy.

In January 2016, Iran freed four USA prisoners - Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, Marine veteran Amir Hekmati, Christian pastor Saeed Abedini and Nosratollah Khosravi-Roodsari - in exchange for the U.S. granting clemency to seven Iranians indicted or imprisoned in the United States.

At least four USA citizens and one US permanent resident are now being held by Iran.

Sources told CBS News that Iran is holding the U.S. nationals to try to win concessions such as those received in a deal reached with former President Barack Obama.

Tensions have been high since U.S. President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran and reimposed crippling economic sanctions against Tehran past year.



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