Iranian officials have confirmed this week's media reports that an American woman has been arrested on spying charges after illegally entering the country.
|A photo purportedly showing Hall Talayan (right, covering face), whom "Iran" daily said was detained on the Armenian-Iranian border on suspicion of spying.|
Ahmad Garavand, deputy border police chief, told reporters
that his forces arrested a U.S. citizen at the town of Jolfa, on the border with
He identified the woman as Hal Talayan, age 34, and accused her of filming "on a mission from the U.S. spy agency" under cover as a tourist.
The United States said on January 6 it was trying to obtain details about the reports that a U.S. woman was detained.
But U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner said he could not confirm whether the woman is a U.S. citizen.
compiled from agency reports
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