Iranian TV: Mottaki claimed US may be behind kidnapping of scientist

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Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki on Wednesday claimed that the United States may have been involved in the disappearance of an Iranian nuclear scientist in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, according to Iranian state-run Press TV. Mottaki said that Iran had "evidence to suggest" that the United States had a role in the disappearance, according to state-run Press TV. The scientist, Shahram Amiri, vanished in late May while on a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia, and despite repeated Iranian requests, the kingdom has not given any information on his whereabouts, according to past statements by the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Amiri works as a physicist researching medical uses of nuclear technology at a university in Teheran, the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported.