• Wed / 20 January 2021 / 17:07
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US turns to blatant hostage-taking of Iranian nationals: Khatibzade

US turns to blatant hostage-taking of Iranian nationals: Khatibzade

Tehran (ISNA) – Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh pointed to the arrest of an Iranian university professor in the United States, stressing that Washington has turned to blatant hostage-taking of Iranian nationals.

Answering a question about US officials’ clam that an Iranian university professor, Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi has been arrested on charges of “secretly lobbying for Iranian government”, he said, “The US move is blatant hostage-taking od Iranian nationals”.

In an interview with ISNA, Khatibzadeh emphasized, “Unfortunately, the US is addicted to this kind of actions and they take hostages under any pretext. We hope the new US administration will move away from Trump administration's hostage-taking approach”.

“Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi is a well-known university professor who has been arrested on unrealistic charges. This isn’t the first time that the US has tried to cause trouble for Iranian citizens in various countries on baseless allegations and has taken hostages,” he added.

The spokesman hoped that the problem for the Iranian citizen would resolve as soon as possible.

US Department of Justice announced on Tuesday that Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi has been arrested on charges of acting and conspiring to act as an unregistered agent of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, in violation of the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA(.

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