Iran issues diplomatic note for ‘US abducted’ nuke scientist

Nuclear scientist Amiri has been centre of mystery since his disappearance.

Updated: Jun 11, 2010, 15:54 PM IST

Washington: Iran has issued a diplomatic note to the Swiss embassy in Tehran regarding its missing nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri, who it alleges has been abducted by the US.

US State Department spokesman PJ Gowley told ABC News: "They allege in the note that we have him (Shahram Amiri) and they want him back, we will respond to the diplomatic note”.

The topic of Amiri came up during what Crowley says was a previously scheduled meeting yesterday between the Swiss ambassador and Iran`s Foreign Ministry.

It is to be noted that Amiri has been the centre of mystery since his disappearance and the subsequent release of two contradictory YouTube videos, one showing him abducted while the other quoting him to be happy in the US.

ABC News said in a report that he had defected to the US and was providing information about Iran’s nuclear program.

ANI