U.S. veteran reportedly held prisoner in Iran for months

U.S. veteran reportedly held prisoner in Iran for months

U.S. veteran reportedly held prisoner in Iran for months

The family of U.S. Navy veteran Michael White of California told CBS News that the State Department had informed them that White was being held prisoner in Iran. "It's very scary to me", White's mother told CBS News Tuesday.

White´s mother, Joanne White, told the Times that her son had visited Iran "five or six times" to see an Iranian woman described as his girlfriend.

She said that she learned from the State Department that he was imprisoned in Iran on unclear charges.

According to the New York Times, Joanne White filed a missing person report after her son did not return from his trip as planned in late July.

We are aware of reports of the detention of a USA citizen in Iran. "I know he was visiting his girlfriend".

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"We are aware of reports of the detention of a USA citizen in Iran", a State Department spokesperson said, adding that although "we have no higher priority than the safety and security of USA citizens overseas... due to privacy considerations, we have no additional information to provide at this time".

The Swiss have provided consular services for Americans in Iran since 1980 when the USA cut off diplomatic ties with Tehran. "We are aware of reports of the detention of a USA citizen in Iran".

However, "due to privacy considerations, we have no additional information to provide at this time", the official said.

According to the Times, there are at least three other Americans now being detained in Iran.

The last time prisoners were released by the Iranian regime was after the nuclear accord took effect in 2016.

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