Iranian authorities have detained a 55-year-old American woman on spying charges, a state-owned newspaper reported Thursday.
The daily IRAN said the woman had spying equipment hidden on her body when customs authorities detained her in the border town of Nordouz, 370 miles northwest of the capital Tehran. The report said the woman arrived in Iran from neighboring Armenia without a visa. It did not say when she was detained.
The paper identified the woman in Farsi as Hal Talaian and said she was found to have “a microphone” between her teeth. It did not say when she was detained.
But Iran’s semiofficial Fars news agency quoted an unnamed official as saying the woman was taken into custody “about one week ago.”
Armenian authorities had no immediate comment on the reported arrest. The U.S. Embassy in Armenia’s capital Yerevan was closed for the Orthodox Christmas and officials could not be reached. U.S. State Department officials could not immediately confirm the report early Thursday.