Trump denies Iran held ‘CIA spies’ after ‘breaking apart ring’

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Trump denies Iran held 'CIA spies' after 'breaking up ring'

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Iran’s claims that it broke up a CIA spying ring have been dismissed as “completely false” by Donald Trump.

Tehran additionally stated it had sentenced a number of the 17 suspects to demise.

However the US president stated the allegations contained “zero fact”.

Mr Trump tweeted: “The report of Iran capturing CIA spies is completely false. Zero fact”.

He added it was “simply extra lies and propaganda put out by a non secular regime that’s badly failing and has no concept what to do”.

He stated the Iranian economic system was “useless and can get a lot worse”, and described the county as a “whole mess”.

In response to a press release from Iran’s intelligence ministry, learn on state TV, the alleged spies had been “employed in delicate and important personal sector centres within the financial, nuclear, infrastructural, navy and cyber areas… the place they collected categorised info”.

Suspects had been arrested throughout earlier months, an Iranian intelligence official instructed a press convention.

He didn’t say what number of had been sentenced to demise, and didn’t give his identify, which is uncommon.

Reporters had been instructed, nonetheless, that he was the director of the counter-espionage division at Iran’s intelligence ministry.

Not one of the suspected spies succeeded of their sabotage missions, he added, claiming that a few of them had turned and had been now working together with his division in opposition to america.

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Iranian Revolutionary Guards patrolling across the British-flagged tanker Stena Impero

Iran additionally aired a TV documentary purportedly exhibiting a CIA officer recruiting an Iranian man within the United Arab Emirates.

Within the movie, a girl who speaks Persian with what seems to be an American accent says: “There are such a lot of intelligence officers in Dubai. It is rather harmful… Iranian intelligence.”

Final month, Iran stated it had uncovered a big cyber espionage community it alleged was run by the CIA – though it’s unclear whether or not this newest growth is linked to that.

Spies had been arrested in several international locations, it claimed.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated the “Iranian regime has a protracted historical past of mendacity”, including: “I’d take with a major grain of salt any Iranian assertion about actions that they’ve taken.”

There have been months of accelerating stress between Iran and the West since tighter US sanctions got here into impact at the beginning of Could.

On Saturday, Iran launched a video which it claimed disproved Donald Trump’s declare {that a} US warship destroyed an Iranian drone.

The American president stated the united statesBoxer took “defensive motion” on Thursday after the drone ignored repeated warnings and got here inside 1,000 yards of the ship within the Strait of Hormuz.

However Iranian state TV aired video it stated was taken by the drone on Thursday of USS Boxer and one other American warship.



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Iran releases footage of seized tanker

There have additionally been elevated tensions between the UK and Iran, after a British-flagged oil tanker, the Stena Impero, was seized within the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran has linked its seize of the vessel with Britain’s function in detaining a tanker carrying Iranian oil earlier this month.

Theresa Could has chaired a gathering of the federal government’s emergency cobra committee to debate Britain’s response.

The prime minister’s official spokesman stated: “We don’t search confrontation with Iran however it’s unacceptable and extremely escalatory to grab a ship going about professional enterprise via internationally recognised delivery lanes.”

The spokesman added that the Stena Impero had been seized below “false and unlawful pretences and the Iranians ought to launch it and its crew instantly”.

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