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Jason Rezaian is a Washington Post reporter. / Zoeann Murphy, AP

WASHINGTON -- The State Department has acknowledged reports that three Americans are being detained in Iran.

The Washington Post says one is its correspondent based in Tehran and the other two U.S. citizens also are journalists.

"We are aware of reports that three U.S. citizens recently have been detained in Iran," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a statement. "We are not able to comment further at this time due to privacy considerations. Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of U.S. citizens abroad.

The newspaper reported Jason Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, were detained Tuesday evening in Tehran. Two American freelance photojournalists were detained with them. Officials have not identified them by name, the Post reported.

Yeganeh is an Iranian citizen who has applied for U.S. permanent residency, the newspaper said. She works as a correspondent for the National, a newspaper based in the United Arab Emirates.

"We are deeply troubled by this news and are concerned for the welfare of Jason, Yeganeh and two others said to have been detained with them," Washington Post foreign editor Douglas Jehl said in a statement.



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