World Bulletin / News Desk
Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent who went missing during his trip to Iran's Kish Island as a private investigator, is not in Iran now, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday.
"We all know that Levinson is not arrested in Iran," Zarif told American CBS TV, "Even if that is the case, he was not arrested by the government. I believe that the government has full control all across the country."
Iran will discuss the return of Levinson with the US if traces of him are found, Zarif added.
Levinson was working for the CIA there rather than conducting private business as officials had previously claimed, the Associated Press reported last week.
White House spokesman Jay Carney responded by saying that the publication of the report by the Associated Press was "highly irresponsible."
Iranian press counselor at the United Nations, Alireza Miryusefi called on the US government to explain Levinson's mission in Iranian territory. "US officials should explain the mission of Levinson in Iran; they are responsible and they should give an answer," he urged.
Levinson, a retired FBI agent who served the US government for 28 years, traveled to Kish Island in March 2007 as a private investigator. He has not been publicly seen or heard from since he went missing the following day.
Both the State Department and Levinson's family have long denied he was working for the US government when he disappeared on a trip to Iran.Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Aralık 2013, 17:49