Iran's foreign ministry says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his Iranian counterpart discussed the case of a Washington Post journalist who has been indicted and will stand trial in Iran.

Ministry spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham is quoted Friday by the official IRNA news agency as saying Kerry raised the issue with Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the nuclear talks in Geneva this week.

Afkham says Jason Rezaian's case is proceeding along an "independent path" through the Iranian judicial system.

The State Department says it has repeatedly raised the case during past talks about a deal to curb Iran's nuclear capacity.

Rezaian and his wife, Yeganeh Salehi, were detained last July in Tehran. Salehi was later released.

Iran has not disclosed what charges Rezaian, an Iranian-American national, faces.