Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki today accused the US of abducting one of its top nuclear scientists, Shahram Amiri. Mr. Amiri went missing in Saudi Arabia during a hajj visit to Mecca.
"The Americans did abduct him. Therefore we expect the American government to return him," Mottaki told reporters in Tehran.
Earlier today, foreign ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast told Mehr news agency that Riyadh had handed Amiri over to Washington.
The US government has not confirmed or denied the presence of Mr. Amiri in the United States, or whether he has voluntarily defected to the US.
Mr. Amiri is believed to have been working in Iran’s newly disclosed Fordu uranium enrichment plant near Qum.