US Navy Vet Detained in Iran Since July

American Navy veteran Michael R. White 46 was detained in Iran after visiting his Iranian girlfriend whose identity remains unknown his mother said

American Navy veteran Michael R. White 46 was detained in Iran after visiting his Iranian girlfriend whose identity remains unknown his mother said

White, 46, was detained in Iran after visiting his Iranian girlfriend, his mother told the New York Times on Monday.

An American Navy veteran has been held in an Iranian prison on unspecified charges since late July.

CNN has sought comment from the governments of Iran and Switzerland, which represents the United States' diplomatic interests in Iran.

White's mother, Joanne White, confirmed to CBS News that her son never made his scheduled return flight at the end of July, at which point the family reported him missing.

A State Department spokesperson said that they are "aware" of the New York Times report.

The US State Department said it was "aware of reports" of the detention but declined details, citing privacy considerations. He's been over there three or four times without any issues. She noted that her son has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment for a neck tumor and is suffering from asthma.

A State Department official told Fox News that they are aware of the reports of US citizens in Iranian detention.

"All I know is that he is alive and they were putting in a request for a consular visit by the Swiss".

The State Department told his mother they had put in a request for a consular visit by the Swiss embassy, which represents the interests of the United States in Iran since diplomatic relations were severed almost 40 years ago after the hostage crisis.

She shortly filed a missing-person report with the State Department, prompting the Department of Homeland Security to contact her.

In May 2018, the US withdrew from a nuclear pact with Iran and reinstated sanctions against the country.

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

Michael White's wife, Lupe White, said she last saw her husband July 9 and he texted her a day later saying he was on a business trip for two weeks. She said she does not know the charges he's facing.

Siamak Namazi, and his father, Baquer Namazi, are Iranian-Americans who have been detained since October 2015 and February 2016, respectively.

At least three other USA citizens have been incarcerated in Iran for years. The Iranian government in 2017 said Wang was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being convicted of spying. It quoted a former Iranian prisoner who claimed to have met White at Vakilabad Prison. Two of them are Iranian-Americans.

Those releases came months after the worldwide deal to restrict Iran's nuclear program - the same deal from which the United States withdrew previous year.

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