July 13, 2010 / 3:53 PM / 9 years ago

Clinton says Iran scientist free to come and go

WASHINGTON, July 13 (Reuters) - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday that Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri had been free to come and go from the United States.

“Mr. Amiri has been in the United States of his own free will and he is free to go,” Clinton told reporters. “In fact he was scheduled to travel to Iran yesterday but was unable to make all of the necessary arrangements to reach Iran through a transit country,” she said.

Clinton called on Tehran to release three American hikers being held in Iran and to provide more information on former FBI agent Robert Levinson who disappeared during a business trip to Iran.

Referring to Amiri, Clinton said: “He’s free to go, he was free to come, these decisions are his alone to make.”

Reporting by Tabassum Zakaria; Editing by Paul Simao

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