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U.S. State Department: Aware of U.S. citizen held in Iran

U.S. State Department: Aware of U.S. citizen held in Iran

AMMAN, Jordan-The Trump administration acknowledged that Iran has been imprisoning an American Navy member for the past six months, confirming recent press reports about the US citizen who is believed to have been detained since July.

A Navy veteran imprisoned in Iran after reportedly going to the country to visit his girlfriend was married and lived with his wife in an apartment complex in Imperial Beach.

Joanne White told the Times, "All I know is that he is alive, and they were putting in a request for a consular visit by the Swiss".

A US Navy veteran has been held in an Iranian prison since July after he flew there to visit his Iranian girlfriend, his mother told CNN on Tuesday.

The Iranian-run outlet based its report on a former Iranian prisoner who said he met the American in Vakilabad Prison in the city of Mashhad back in October past year.

Farhadi told Iran Wire that White had met an Iranian woman online and traveled to Iran several times to see her.

Three weeks ago, State Department officials told her that White was being held at an Iranian prison.

She is anxious about her 46-year-old son's health because he has had cancer and suffers from asthma, she said. "I just want to see him home safe and sound", Joanne White said by phone.




CNN also has sought comment from the governments of Iran and Switzerland, which represents the United States' diplomatic interests in Iran.

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 a year ago.

He was visiting a woman whom he said was his girlfriend, she said. "The last time I had contact with him was July 13th".

The State Department confirmed an American was detained but did not provide details.

We are aware of reports of the detention of a USA citizen in Iran.

Iran is now holding at least three other USA citizens, including Siamak and Baquer Namazi, and Princeton professor Xiyue Wang, in prison.

In January 2016, Iran released four Americans as part of a prisoners swap, including Jason Rezaian, The Washington Post's Tehran bureau chief, Saeed Abedini, a pastor from Idaho, and Amir Hekmati, a former Marine from Flint, Michigan.

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


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