Iran says it arrested spies from “countries in the region”

10 members of the intelligence services of countries in the region allied with Western countries have been arrested by Iranian intelligence forces in Bushehr province, Iran’s intelligence ministry said on Tuesday.

Intelligence Ministry said intelligence services in unnamed regional countries aimed to gather intelligence and espionage from “sensitive centers” around Iran and use Iranians living and traveling in those countries. . A “dissuasive action” was taken against the intelligence services concerned, according to the ministry.

The announcement comes amid continuing tensions between Iran and Azerbaijan, with Iran accusing Azerbaijan of allowing Israeli forces to operate along its border with Iran and claiming operations against Iran. Iran were carried out by Israel from Azerbaijani territory. Azerbaijan has denied the allegations.

It is not clear whether one of the “regional countries” mentioned by the Intelligence Ministry was Azerbaijan.

The province of Bushehr, where the spies were reportedly arrested, is home to a nuclear power plant. In June, the plant underwent an emergency shutdown.

The IAEO reported that a technical fault had resulted in the temporary shutdown of the power plant and its disconnection from the national electricity grid, according to Iranian news agency Fars.

Last month, Iran’s Intelligence Ministry announced that it had killed the leader of a group it said was supported and guided by the intelligence services of countries hostile to Iran.

The group is said to have planned to strike sensitive and vital sites in Iran, according to Iranian media. All members of the group were arrested by Iranian intelligence forces.

The Intelligence Ministry did not specify which hostile states were supporting the group, but Iran’s state program IRIB aired a documentary after the news broke, referring to the meeting of US President Joe Biden and the Prime Minister. Israeli Minister Naftali Bennett and insinuating that the United States and Israel were behind the group.

The documentary also appeared to imply that the group was armed in Azerbaijan, showing footage of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, while claiming it was armed in “one of the neighboring countries”.

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