Iran confirms arrest of US Navy veteran Michael White

Iran confirms arrest of US Navy veteran Michael White

The US and Iran do not maintain diplomatic relations, and communications between the two nations are passed along by Swiss diplomats.

His mother, Joanne, said she reported his disappearance after he failed to return to his home in Imperial Beach, California, but the State Department told her only three weeks ago that he was being held in Iran.

Iran has confirmed it is holding a United States citizen, the first American detained in the Islamic Republic during the Trump presidency.

After he didn't board his flight back to San Diego via the United Arab Emirates last July, his mother, Joan White, filed a missing persons report.

The Tasnim news agency reported the confirmation Wednesday night, quoting Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

Iran has confirmed it is holding a US Navy veteran - a development likely to worsen relations between the two countries even further. "We have no higher priority than the safety and security of USA citizens overseas".

Farhadi told NPR that White "didn't know anything about his accusations".

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Siamak Namazi, another son of Baquer, is being held following a clandestine trial in which he was convicted of collaborating with a hostile state.

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

It was based on the account of a former Iranian prisoner who said he met Mr White at Vakilabad Prison in Mashhad in October. While the Trump administration offered to discuss prisoners a year ago, a senior administrative official said Iran turned that offer down, leaving the fate of the Americans unclear.

Several Americans have been detained in Iran in recent years and Mr Trump warned in 2017 that Tehran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly held USA citizens were freed.

Relations between the USA and Iran have been strained since President Donald Trump withdrew from an global agreement on Iran's nuclear programme.

In December, six families of foreign or dual nationals held or believed to have disappeared in Iran - including the families of the Namazis and Levinson - issued an open letter alleging their relatives were political hostages detained without due process.

Speaking about the relations between countries, Iran leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei called US officials "first-class idiots" Wednesday.

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