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Kerry asks Iran to free three U.S. citizens, help find FBI agent
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TEHRAN –
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement on Friday in which he asked the Iranian government to free three detained U.S. citizens and help find a former FBI agent who has been reportedly missing in Iran for seven years now.
 
“The Unites States respectfully calls on the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran to release Amir Hekmati, Saeed Abedini, and Jason Rezaian to their families and work cooperatively with us to find Robert Levinson and bring him home,” Kerry said in the statement.
 
Amir Hekmati, a former U.S. Marine, has been arrested in Iran on espionage charges since 2011, spying for the CIA. 
 
Saeed Abedini, an Iranian American Christian pastor, has been detained since 2012 on the charge of undermining Iran’s national security.
 
Jason Rezaian, the Washington Post's Tehran correspondent, has been arrested in Iran since July, due to security reasons.
 
Robert Levinson reportedly went missing in March 2007 on Kish Island.
 
“We are immensely concerned about his well-being and whereabouts,” Kerry said.
 
NA/PA
 

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