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US has Swiss press Iran to visit jailed American

US has Swiss press Iran to visit jailed American

The United States says Swiss diplomats are pressing Iran to let them visit American journalist Roxana Saberi in the Tehran prison where she has been held since her arrest in January for working after her press credentials were canceled.
The United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran have had no diplomatic relations since the U.S.-backed Shah was replaced by the religious government in 1979. Switzerland handles U.S. affairs in Tehran.
State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said Wednesday the 31-year-old North Dakota native has been granted a lawyer, which the U.S. government had sought.
Saberi, a free-lancer, has worked for media including National Public Radio in the United States and the British Broadcasting Corp. in England.


Updated : 2021-10-20 01:25 GMT+08:00