2021-March-1 04:35
Politics
2021-January-20  16:30

Envoy Blasts US for Arresting Iranian University Professor

TEHRAN (FNA)- Spokesperson for the Iranian Mission to the UN Alireza Miryoussefi blasted the US for arresting Iranian university professor Kaveh Afrasiabi, and said the Trump Administration is famous for its anti-Iran "bigotry and bias".

"It is unfortunate to hear of the arrest of Dr. Afrasiabi on spurious charges, in the waning hours of the Trump administration, which is well-known for its anti-Iranian bigotry and bias," Miryoussefi said.

"Dr. Afrasiabi has not been working as an agent of the Mission and only as a university professor, and an expert on international relations," he added.

He further explained that Afrasiabi "has provided consultations to the Mission on international issues and his working relationship with us has been open and fully transparent since the beginning". 

Miryoussefi's remarks came in reaction to the US Department of Justice's announcement on Tuesday according to which Kaveh Lotfolah Afrasiabi had been arrested at his home in Watertown, Massachusetts, for the alleged illegal activities.

It claimed that Afrasiabi was actually a secret employee of the Government of Iran and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations (IMUN) "who was being paid to spread their propaganda".