US Navy veteran Michael White reportedly jailed in Iran since July

American Navy veteran held in Iranian prison since July on unspecified charges: report

"The last time I had contact with him was July 13th".

Michael White, 46, was arrested in July while he was visiting his Iranian girlfriend, his mother Joanne White told The New York Times on Monday.

The spokesman declined to provide additional information, citing privacy considerations.

She added that he had been undergoing treatment for a neck tumor and has asthma. The State Department advises Americans not to travel to Iran "due to the risk of arbitrary arrest and detention". Lupe White said he has had an online relationship with a woman in Iran for six years and would go see her for two weeks at a time.

She said her son had visited Iran "five or six times" to see his girlfriend.

"All I know is that he is alive and they were putting in a request for a consular visit by the Swiss", she told the newspaper. We have no higher priority than the safety and security of USA citizens overseas.

The detention comes amid growing tensions between the Trump administration and Iran since the United States pulled out of the nuclear accord with Iran last May and re-imposed sanctions.

Both the State and Homeland Security Departments are said to be aware of the situation, but are not providing details to the press.

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She and her husband, who have been married for nearly 15 years, have discussed divorce, she said, but she was hoping they had strengthened their relationship in the past six months as she helped him through chemotherapy.

Iran is also holding at least three other prisoners: Siamak and Baquer Namazi, an Iranian-American father and son who were convicted in a closed-door trial after being arrested in February 2016, and Xiyue Wang, a grad student at Princeton who was arrested in August 2016. Xiyue Wang, a Chinese-born U.S. citizen and graduate student from Princeton University, was arrested in Iran in 2016.

The New York Times noted that Iran did not acknowledge the arrest of Wang until July 2017.

Iranian officials have not reacted to the reports, and were not immediately available for comment. U.S. officials believe Levinson, who suffered from diabetes, died in captivity after meeting with an American-born Islamic militant. His family sued Iran over his disappearance in 2017.

The first reports of another American being held in Iran came from the IranWire news website, which is run by Iranian nationals living outside the country. Iran has denied having anything to do with his disappearance and said it doesn't know where he is.

The last time Iran released US citizens from its prisons was when the nuclear agreement took effect in January 2016.

In December, Abbas Edalat, a British-Iranian professor who was detained in Iran for eight months after being accused of affiliations with an anti-Iran group, was allowed to return to the United Kingdom.

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