“Months on, missing Iranian nuclear scientist still a sensitive issue”

“Months on, missing Iranian nuclear scientist still a sensitive issue”
December 8-10, 2009
     Iran is continuing to accuse the US of abducting Shahram Amiri, a nuclear scientist who disappeared earlier this year while on the Hajj in Saudi Arabia. This was the first time Iran confirmed that Amiri was a nuclear scientist (Agence France-Presse). Amiri was included in a list of 11 Iranian nationals that Iran claims are being held in captivity by the US (Mehr News, Agence France-Presse (2)). Riyadh “deplored” the accusations and claimed that an “intensive” search had been conducted, while the US stated they had no information on the scientist’s whereabouts (BBC).
     Iran’s earlier sensitivity to the nature of Amiri’s occupation, along with the revelation of the Qom facility months after his disappearance, raised speculation that Amiri may have provided the West with intelligence on Iran’s nuclear program. Other reports indicated that Amiri had defected to the West.
Agence France-Presse | Mehr News | Agence France-Presse (2) | BBC

*Update: The Telegraph, citing French intelligence sources, reports that Amiri briefed IAEA inspectors before they visited the Qom facility (The Telegraph).

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