On the Brink: Iran Sentences 17 Alleged CIA Spies to Death

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 22 – The tension between Iran and the west has taking a new dimension after Iran sentenced 17 people accused of spying for the American Central Intelligence Agency(CIA) to death.

Iran announced on Sunday that it has broken up a CIA spying ring and sentenced some of the 17 suspects to death.

According to an Intelligence Ministry statement read on state TV, the alleged spies were “employed in sensitive and vital private sector centres in the economic, nuclear, infrastructural, military and cyber areas… where they collected classified information”.

Iranian state media added that the suspects were arrested during the Iranian calendar year ending in March 2019.

Last month, Iran said it had exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the CIA – although it is unclear whether this latest development is linked to that.

Iran says it has broken up a CIA spying ring and sentenced some of the 17 suspects to death.

According to an Intelligence Ministry statement read on state TV, the alleged spies were “employed in sensitive and vital private sector centres in the economic, nuclear, infrastructural, military and cyber areas… where they collected classified information”.

Iranian state media added that the suspects were arrested during the Iranian calendar year ending in March 2019.

Last month, Iran said it had exposed a large cyber espionage network it alleged was run by the CIA – although it is unclear whether this latest development is linked to that.

But Iranian state TV showed video it said was taken by the drone on Thursday of USS Boxer and another American warship.

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

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

Theresa May is due to chair a meeting of the government’s cobra emergency committee on Monday to discuss Britain’s response.

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