Te­heran says it holds US Navy veteran

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD -

Iran con­firmed it is hold­ing US Navy veteran Michael R. White at a prison in the coun­try, mak­ing him the first US cit­i­zen known to be de­tained un­der Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ad­min­is­tra­tion. White’s de­ten­tion adds new pres­sure to the ris­ing ten­sion be­tween Iran and the United States which, un­der Trump, has pulled out of its nu­clear deal and hit the coun­try hard with new sanc­tions. The cir­cum­stances of White’s de­ten­tion re­main un­clear. The semiof­fi­cial Tas­nim news agency con­firmed the de­ten­tion on Wednesday, cit­ing For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi.

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