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Warsaw confirms detention of Polish scientists in Iran

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Poland confirmed Thursday that Polish scientists had been arrested in Iran and worked to secure their return after Teheran announced the arrests of several foreigners accused of spying. He said he was.

Iran State Television reported on Wednesday that its revolutionary guards had arrested foreigners for acts involving the collection of soil samples in restricted areas.

Iran reports identified one of the arrested as a Polish scientist named Maciej Walczak and the other as Giles Whittaker, the second diplomat of the British Embassy. I did. The UK denied that one of the diplomats was detained.

A statement from the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed the arrest of the Polish "recognized scientist" and did not give further details about his identity.

The Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on its website, "From the beginning, the consulate is in constant contact with our citizens and their families, and detainees are receiving legal assistance. ".

"Consulate and diplomatic measures are being taken to help our citizens return to Poland as soon as possible, and we are coordinating further steps with our allies."

Iran's television report included footage of Walzac and three colleagues allegedly collecting samples of the Earth after visiting Iran on a science exchange program. Their sample collection was also consistent with a missile test in Iran's southern state of Carman. (Report by Agnieszka Pikulicka-edited by Wilczewska by Peter Graff)