Iran recalls Cyprus envoy after Iranian extradited to US

May 10, 2013 00:18

WASHINGTON - Iran has recalled its ambassador to Cyprus for consultations after an Iranian national was recently extradited from the island to the United States on suspicion of violating UN arms sanctions, Cyprus's foreign minister said on Thursday.

"Only today ... I received word from Nicosia that Iran has decided to recall its ambassador there for consultations. Why? Because an Iranian citizen was apprehended for trying to buy, to contravene the arms embargo against Iran," Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told a conference in Washington.

A diplomatic source in Nicosia said the Iranian was extradited to the United States "after exhaustion of all domestic legal remedies in Cyprus" about two weeks ago.

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