An American Navy veteran has been held in an Iranian prison on unspecified charges since late July.
Michael R. White, 46, was detained in Iran after visiting his Iranian girlfriend, his mother told the New York Times on Monday.
Mr. White’s mother said he had visited Iran “five or six times” to see an Iranian woman she described as his girlfriend. How they met is unclear.
“All I know is that he is alive and they were putting in a request for a consular visit by the Swiss,” she told the newspaper. The Swiss Embassy in Iran represents the U.S., as the formal U.S.-Iranian diplomatic relations ceased about 40 years ago following the hostage crisis.
A State Department official told Fox News that they are aware of the reports of U.S. citizens in Iranian detention. “We are aware of reports of the detention of a U.S. citizen in Iran. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of U.S. citizens abroad. Due to privacy considerations, we have no additional information to provide at this time,” the official said.
Switzerland’s embassy represents the interests of the United States in Iran. Diplomatic relations were severed after the hostage crisis in Tehran nearly 40 years ago.
At least three other American citizens, two of them of Iranian descent, have been incarcerated in Iran for years. Another American has been missing in Iran for more than a decade.
The last time prisoners were released by the Iranian regime was after the nuclear accord took effect in 2016.
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