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Iran Confirms Arrest Of U.S. Navy Veteran Reportedly Jailed Since July

Iran Confirms Arrest Of U.S. Navy Veteran Reportedly Jailed Since July

A US State Department representative said the department was "aware of reports of the detention of a US citizen in Iran", and that it has "no higher priority than the safety and security of US citizens overseas".

A digital news site called IranWire first reported about White's status on Monday, based on an interview with a former prisoner named Ivar Farhadi who claimed to have met White at Vakilabad Prison in the northeastern city of Mashhad. On the third trip, he was arrested at an global airport in Mashad and has been in prison since the summer of 2018.

That was according to a former detainee, Ivar Farhadi, who said Mr White's life was in danger because the jail contained risky inmates. He described White as fearful and depressed, "suffering psychologically", while being held in a ward with risky criminals.

"He was not in a good psychological condition and is not allowed visitors or access to the phone".

The US and Iran do not maintain diplomatic relations, and communications between the two nations are passed along by Swiss diplomats. She filed a missing persons report after White failed to board his July 27, 2018, flight back to the US, according to the AP.

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.

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She said the State Department had not contacted her and she was unaware he was in prison until reached by CNN.

She is anxious about her 46-year-old son's health because he has had cancer and suffers from asthma, she said.

Christine Levinson's husband, former Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Bob Levinson, has been missing in Iran since 2007. "I promised to myself that if I got out of prison one of the first things that I would do would be to inform people about the situation of this American prisoner".

Several US citizens have been held in Iran in recent years, with Mr Trump warning in 2017 that Tehran would face "new and serious consequences" unless all unjustly held American citizens were freed.

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

Human rights behind bars symbol rendering concerning totalitarian systems.