US renews appeal to Iran on missing American

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has renewed an appeal to Iran for information about a former FBI agent, Floridian Robert Levinson, who went missing in Iranian territory 20 months ago.

Spokesman Sean McCormack said Friday that Iran has not responded to a recent request through Swiss intermediaries about Levinson. He was last seen on Iran's Kish island in March 2007. Iran said previously it has no information about him. McCormack said the U.S. believes Iranian authorities can still help.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., introduced a resolution Thursday asking Congress and U.S. allies to press Iran on the case. Levinson's wife, Christine, visited the country last year to learn more about his disappearance but got no new information. She met last week with a senior State Department official.

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(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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