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15:41  22 july  2019
15:41  22 july  2019 Source:   washingtonpost.com

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ISTANBUL —Iran on Monday announced that its intelligence forces had disbanded and arrested members of an elaborate U.S. government spy ring operating in the country but gave few concrete details to support the claim.

An intelligence official speaking at a news conference in Tehran said his forces arrested 17 Iranians accused of working for the Central Intelligence Agency and that some of those detained had been sentenced to death.

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Tehran claimed that it also had identified and exposed 42 others in connection with the suspected U . S . spy network Iran said the arrests were conducted by elite Intelligence Ministry units in various sting operations. The nationalities of those arrested and the dates of the arrests were not immediately clear.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who served as the agency’s director, called the reports false in an appearance on Fox & Friends Monday.

“The Iranian regime has a long history of lying,” Pompeo said. “I would take with a significant grain of salt any Iranian assertions about actions that they’ve taken.”

The Iranian official, identified by state-run media as the head of counterespionage at Iran’s Intelligence Ministry but not named, accused the suspects of agreeing to spy on Iran’s nuclear and military sites.

He said, without providing evidence, that they were recruited online, while applying for U.S. visas and on the sidelines of scientific conferences abroad. He said the arrests had been made during the Persian calendar year that ended in March.

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But Iran denied this report, saying all its unmanned planes had returned safely to its base. Iran ' s state television broadcast a video showing aerial views of ships which it said disproved the U . S . assertion. Pompeo : We Want AMIA Bombing Mastermind Brought to Justice.

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“The spies were employed in sensitive and vital private sector centers in the economic, nuclear, military and cyber areas . . . where they collected classified information,” Iranian media quoted the official as saying. He did not give his name nor the name of the suspects. It was also unclear which members were sentenced to death and for what alleged activities.

The official claimed that the 17 Iranians were trained by CIA handlers on how to establish encrypted communication channels. Iranian state media published photos of the alleged handlers but their identities could not immediately be confirmed.

Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’© Gabriela Baczynska/Reuters Tehran skyline as seen from Iran's interior ministry in Tehran, October 24, 2016. Picture taken on October 24, 2016.

Iran has in the past announced that it has identified U.S. spy rings in the country, including a similar network it said it dissolved last month. It was unclear if the two networks were linked.

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The announcement comes amid soaring tensions between Iran and the West over Tehran’s nuclear program and its efforts to impede shipping traffic through the Strait of Hormuz.

Since June, Iran has breached some of the limits on its nuclear activities set by a 2015 pact Tehran struck with world powers. The United States abandoned that agreement and reimposed sanctions on Iran in the fall.

Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’© Leonhard Foeger/Reuters Yukiya Amano addresses a news conference during a board of governors meeting at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna on March 4.

On Monday, the International Atomic Energy Agency — the U.N. body monitoring Iran’s nuclear activities — announced the death of its director-general, Yukiya Amano. The agency’s secretariat, which is based in Vienna, did not say when he died or give a cause of death.

Amano, 72, was a Japanese diplomat and had held the post since 2009. He guided the agency through heated international negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and oversaw the implementation of intensified inspections of Tehran’s atomic energy activities.

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Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
Pompeo denies Iran claims it broke up U.S. ‘spy ring’
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