Iranian nuclear scientist arrives in Pakistani Embassy in Washington

Published July 13th, 2010 - 02:23 GMT

Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who was abducted by the US last year, has been escorted by American forces to Iran's interest section in Washington. According to an Iranian TV report on Tuesday, Amiri took refuge in Iran's interest section in Washington, urging an "immediate return" to Iran.

The Pakistani Embassy in Washington preserves Iran's interests in the United States, since the two countries have no diplomatic ties.

Iran says that in collaboration with Saudi Arabia, US agents kidnapped Amiri while he was on a pilgrimage in June 2009 and took him to America. Since then, two videos and one audio message featuring him have surfaced.

In the first video, Amiri said that he was abducted "in a joint operation by terror and kidnap teams from the US intelligence service, CIA and Saudi Arabia's Istikhbarat" from Medina. In the second video, he contradicted his earlier statements, saying that he was in the US of his own free will to further his education, dismissing all rumors about his defection.


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