Iran Confirms The Arrest Of An American Citizen

Al Jazeera: Iran confirms arrest of US Navy veteran Michael White

Foreign ministry says 46-year-old US Navy veteran was arrested in Mashhad, denies media reports of mistreatment.

Iran's Foreign Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that an American citizen had been arrested in the city of Mashhad, but denied reports he had been badly treated, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi was quoted by the news agency as saying that Michael White, a 46-year-old US Navy veteran, was arrested "some time ago" in Iran's second largest city.

Ghasemi said the US government, through the Swiss embassy in Tehran, was informed of the arrest during the early days of the incident.

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Update #1: Iran confirms it has detained US navy veteran Michael White (The Guardian)
Update #2: Iran confirms arrest of US citizen (The Hill)
Update #3: American detained in Iran suffering psychologically, ex-prisoner says (CBS)

WNU Editor: What can one say. There are very blunt travel advisories from numerous countries that do not recommend travelling to Iran. But people still go, regardless of the consequences.

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