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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says an Iranian nuclear scientist, who has been seeking refuge at the Pakistani embassy in Washington, is free to return to his homeland.
Iran's foreign minister says the scientist, Shah-ram Amiri, was kidnapped in June last year and taken to the US against his will. He demanded that Amiri be allowed to return home. Clinton says the decision over whether to return to Iran was "his alone to make."
Clinton said, "Mr. Amiri has been in the United States of his own free will and he is free to go. In fact, he was scheduled to travel to Iran yesterday, but was unable to make all of the necessary arrangements to reach Iran through transit countries.'
The US has rejected Iran's claims that Amiri was abducted. Some media reports claim the 32-year-old scientist actually defected to the US.
|An image grab taken from Iran's state-run English-language Press TV |
shows Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri whom the Islamic
republic says was kidnapped by US agents in two different video
clips screened on Iranian television channels on June 8. An
Iranian nuclear scientist has been in the United States by
choice "for some time" and is "free to go," the US State
Department said Tuesday.(AFP/ PRESS TV/File)