In a statement Thursday, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) confirmed that Australians Mark Firkin and Jolie King were held in Iran.
On Thursday, a source with knowledge of the situation said the pair were arrested in July, accused of taking illegal photographs with a drone.
In a statement issued by DFAT Thursday, the couple's families said they hope to see the couple "safe at home soon." DFAT provides consular assistance to the couple's family. wife.
In a statement, a DFAT spokesman urged Australian citizens and holders of dual nationalities including Australia traveling to or through Iran to follow the latest government travel advice.
The British Foreign Office could not confirm the ABC report, but said in a statement that UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab met with the Iranian ambassador on Wednesday and "raised serious concerns about the number of dual nationals already detained by Iran and their conditions of detention. "
The detentions came amid tensions between Iran and the United States and its allies, including Australia and the UK.
Washington attempts to use so-called "maximum pressure" to change Iran's behavior and limit nuclear ambitions from US President Donald Trump's 2018 decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal .
Earlier this year, tensions between them. the US and Iran have grown to levels that have prompted fears of a war. Oil prices jumped as investors feared that attacks on oil tanks threatened a disruption in shipments to the Strait of Hormuz, which passed through Iran and is the most important place on the planet in global supply of oil.
Australia and the United Kingdom were also involved in tensions. Last month, Australia agreed to work with the US and the United Kingdom on a maritime security mission in the Strait of Hormuz.
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On Wednesday, the former minister of the Middle East of the UK. Alistair Burt described the detainees as a "hostage-taking" during an interview with BBC Radio 4.
"The policy of effectively capturing hostages, and as it turns out, is very difficult for those who want another ties with Iran to come to the forefront with those who keep it as incessant hostility, "Burt added.
During an interview with Sky News Wednesday, business affairs minister Andrea Leadsom added that the detentions' sound reports were "overly specific."
CNN & Matt Egan and Hilary McGann contributed to this report.