'Abducted' nuclear scientist returns to Iran

July 15, 2010 05:12

TEHERAN, Iran — An Iranian nuclear scientist who disappeared a year ago is back in Teheran from the United States as Iranian and US officials trade conflicting accounts of his time away.

Shahram Amiri spoke to journalists allowed to cover his return Thursday as his young son sat on his lap.Amiri repeated claims he was abducted last year while on a pilgrimage in the Saudi holy city of Medina and carried off to the United States. He says CIA agents tried to pressure him into making propaganda against his homeland and offered him $50 million to remain in America.

US authorities said the 32-year-old Amiri was in the United States freely — suggesting he was a defector.

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