After Robert Levinson’s family announced that they had “received information from U.S. officials… that [Levinson] died while in Iranian custody”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asserted that “only Iran knows for certain what happened to Bob since his abduction more than thirteen years ago. As President Trump said, we call on the Iranian regime to provide a full accounting of Bob’s fate and will not rest until all Americans wrongfully detained by Iran are back home”. Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson subsequently claimed that “Mr. Levinson left Iran for an unknown destination years ago… Iran has made all its utmost efforts in recent years for acquiring documentation on the precise fate of Mr. Levinson after he left Iran but has not thus far obtained any sign of his being alive”.
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