The United States has made a third appeal to the Iranian government for information about a former FBI agent who has been missing in Iran for more than a month.
US Defence Secretary Robert Gates arrived in Jordan on Monday at the start of a Middle East tour which American officials said is aimed at countering Iran's growing influence in the region.
Iran on Monday unexpectedly released two Swedish nationals jailed last year on charges of spying, in its latest pardon of detained European nationals.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Monday warned that Iran would respond to additional U.N. sanctions with new nuclear advances, in yet another show of defiance to international demands that the country roll back its atomic program.
The United States has sought information for the third time in a month from Tehran about the whereabouts of a missing former FBI agent believed to be in Iran, the State Department said on Monday.
Iran released on Monday two Swedish men held for more than a year for espionage.
Two Swedish construction workers who had been convicted of espionage and imprisoned in Iran for taking photographs of military installations were released Monday after being pardoned, a Swedish lawmaker in Tehran said.
President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed on Monday that Iran would not give in to Western demands over its nuclear drive, saying Tehran would "resist to the end" in the intensifying crisis.
Iran has decided to pardon two Swedes imprisoned for espionage and they will be released later Monday, Iran's official news agency reported the Foreign Ministry as saying.
Iran has decided to release two Swedish construction workers who had been convicted of espionage and imprisoned for taking photographs of military installations, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said Monday.