U.S. behind abduction of Iranian nationals: FM
www.chinaview.cn 2009-10-21 22:18:48   Print

    TEHRAN, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Wednesday that the United States is involved in the abduction of several Iranian nationals in Europe and in the Middle East, the English language satellite Press TV reported.

    "The United States should be accountable as it is directly or indirectly responsible for causing problems for Shahram Amiri, AliReza Asgari and Ardebili," Mottaki was quoted as saying.

    Iran accused the U.S. of being behind the disappearance of Iranian scientist and researcher of Tehran's Malek Ashtar University Shahram Amiri during his religious pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia in May.

    Iran also held Saudi Arabia responsible for its failure to fully protect the Iranian pilgrim and said Iranian Foreign Ministry will follow the case.

    Ali Reza Asgari, Iranian national and former Deputy Defense Minister, vanished in Turkey in 2007. Iran accused Western intelligence services of kidnapping Asgari, while press reports suggested Asgari has defected to the United States.

    Another Iranian, identified only by his last name Ardebili, was arrested in Georgia recently. Iran's former Foreign Ministry spokesman Hassan Qashqavi said earlier that Ardebili was a businessman and accused Georgian authorities of arresting him and handing him over to the United States.

    Regarding the reports which said the abducted men linked to Iran's nuclear program, Mottaki said that "these (reports) are speculations discussed by Western media."

Special Report: Iran Nuclear Crisis

Editor: Yan
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