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Another American held in Iran: report

AFP  |  Washington 

A US military veteran is being held in where he was visiting his girlfriend, a report said Tuesday, posing a fresh issue in the two countries' thorny relations.

Michael R White, 46, from Imperial Beach, California, never boarded a return flight via in July, his mother told

The said it was "aware of reports" of the detention but declined details, citing privacy considerations.

"We have no higher priority than the safety and security of US citizens abroad," a State Department said.

White's mother, Joanne White, told that her son had visited "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 on unclear charges.

She said she requested that Switzerland, which represents US interests in Iran in the absence of diplomatic relations, pay a consular visit to her son.

White would join at least three other US citizens, two of them of Iranian descent, in being detained in the clerical-led country.

Relations between the two countries deteriorated sharply last year when US withdrew from an international accord on ending Iran's nuclear program and imposed sweeping sanctions.

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 20:20 IST