WASHINGTON—A U.S. woman reportedly freed by Iranian authorities on Monday after being detained for four-days on suspicion of espionage is safe and in Turkey, State Department spokesman Phillip Crowly said during a press briefing Monday.
Hall Talayan was reportedly detained on the Iranian-Armenian border by Iranian border guards on suspicion of espionage. She was reported to have entered the Islamic Republic through Armeni, but , some Iranian officials said she tried to enter through Julfa, some 50 kilometers to the west, on the border with Azerbaijan’s Nakhichevan exclave.
“Our consular officials contacted the individual in Turkey. She is safe and did not request any further assistance from us,” Crowley said, trying to brush-off a reporter’s questions as to whether Talayan had been to Iran before.
“I’m not at liberty to talk about her travel other than to say that we have been in telephone contact with her in Turkey,” Crowly said. “She is safe and did not request any further assistance from us. As to where she was, how she might have attempted to enter Iran and her interactions at the border, I will leave it to – if this citizen wishes to describe her travel, that’s up to her.”