Source: Press TV
Iran renews call for release of captives
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki has
renewed calls for the release of Iranian nationals, including a senior broadcast
journalist detained in Italy.
Italy arrested two Iranians in March accusing them of involvement in arms exports to Iran in violation of Western sanctions against Iran.
Officials in Tehran insist the accusations, which are directed at the Islamic Republic, are unfounded and unacceptable.
In a Wednesday telephone conversation with Ali Damirchilou, one of the detainees, Mottaki said that Iran expected Italy to release both captive Iranians immediately.
"We have called on the Italian government not to get involved in this defeated game and immediately release the Iranian nationals."
Mottaki said that Iran would use all "legal, consular and political" means at its disposal to secure the release of Damirchilou and Hamid Masouminejad, a senior correspondent for Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) in Rome.
Some analysts have described the arrest of the senior Iranian journalist in the arms smuggling case as some sort of a political leverage to exert pressure on Iran over its nuclear program.
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