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QUESTION: Has the State Department received and granted a request from Iran for consular access to the Iranian-American arrested last week in connection with the embassy plot in Washington, D.C.?
ANSWER: We understand that Iran has made their request public. Such requests are normally handled through diplomatic channels. The State Department would communicate any request for consular access in this case to the Department of Justice and coordinate to ensure that all appropriate steps are taken. The specific modalities for any such visit would be arranged by the Department of Justice. The United States takes its consular notification and access obligations very seriously.
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