Germany's Foreign Ministry confirmed Tuesday that a German tourist, arrested along with a Frenchman after their boat allegedly strayed into Iranian waters, has been sentenced to 18 months in prison in Iran. Last week, the wife of Donald Klein, a 52-year-old sculptor, said he and his French friend were convicted by an Iranian court of entering territorial waters during a fishing trip in the Straits of Hormuz.
The Foreign Ministry did not comment on the fate of the Frenchman. The Kleins and the Frenchman, whose name has not been released, were vacationing in the United Arab Emirates. Both were arrested on Nov. 29.
Iranian officials have said that the two men are healthy and have been visited by consular officials from their embassies. Germany and France, along with Britain, have been leading European diplomatic efforts to address concerns over Iran's nuclear program.
Earlier this month, the three countries called for Iran to be referred to the U.N. Security Council, reports the AP.
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