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White House Vows To Find U.S. Man Missing In Iran Since 2007

Source: RFE/RL

The White House has vowed to find a former FBI agent who mysteriously disappeared a decade ago in Iran. Robert Levinson, who disappeared while visiting Iran's Kish resort island in 2007, was not among five Americans freed by Iran in a prisoner exchange last year after sanctions over its nuclear program were lifted.  Levinson was working for the CIA at the time of his disappearance.

Robert Levinson, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007
(photo released by his captors in April 2011)

"The Trump administration remains unwavering in our commitment to locate Mr. Levinson and bring him home. We want him back, and we will spare no effort to achieve that goal," White House spokesman Sean Spicer said on March 9.

For several years, U.S. officials have believed Levinson was no longer in Iran, and as part of the prisoner exchange last year secured a commitment from the Iranians to help locate him,

The last public sign that Levinson was alive came in 2011, when the White House received indications that he was being held in Southwest Asia.

At the time, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton publicly asked for his return and the Iranian government offered assistance in finding him.

The U.S. government has offered a $5 million reward for information leading to his return.

Based on reporting by AP, AFP, dpa, and Reuters

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WASHINGTON - The son of a former U.S. FBI agent who went missing in Iran 10 years ago is urging the Trump administration to "constantly annoy" Tehran into locating his father, whom he believes is still alive. Daniel Levinson spoke to VOA's Persian service in Washington on Thursday, the 10th anniversary of the disappearance of his father, Robert Levinson.


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