Iran Declares 17 CIA Spies Arrested Sentences Some To Death – Iran’s Intelligence Ministry on Monday said it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals allegedly recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the country’s nuclear and military sites, and some of them have already been sentenced to death.
Iran Declares 17 CIA Spies Arrested Sentences Some To Death:
An Iranian intelligence official told a press conference on Monday in Tehran that the arrests occurred over the past months. The official did not reveal his name but was identified as the director of the counterespionage department of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry.
“The identified spies were employed in sensitive and vital private sector centers in the economic, nuclear, infrastructural, military and cyber areas… where they collected classified information,” said a ministry statement read on state television.
Iranian intelligence official said some of those arrested from nuclear and military sites. He claimed none had succeeded in their sabotage missions —Nasser Karimi in Tehran, Iran.
Iran And UK Tensions:
Two weeks ago, British marines seized an Iranian tanker off the southern coast of the Iberian Peninsula. That tanker was suspected of breaching sanctions against oil shipments to Syria.
“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Hunt said. “Our priority continues to be to find a way to de-escalate the situation.”
British prime minister Theresa May, who planned to table on Wednesday, was due to issue the tanker seizure on Monday morning in a meeting of the UK government’s Cobra emergency response committee.
Iran posted a video with captioned “IRGC releases a video of the moment that their forces seized #British #tanker ” showing Iranian commandos in black ski masks and fatigues rappelling from a helicopter onto the British-flagged vessel.
The Stena Impero tanker “was confiscated by the Revolutionary Guards … for failing to respect international maritime rules,” the Iranian forces said after the seizure Friday.
Hunt warned Iran of “serious consequences” if it does not release the ship, but he ruled out “military options.”
Iran released footage of the moment IRGC forces seized a British tanker in the Persian Gulf with patrol boats and a helicopter, two weeks after UK forces used the same method to seize an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar. Both sides accuse the other of “piracy”.pic.twitter.com/dN1Js2kfFw
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