Iran’s top court has actually confirmed a death sentence for a man convicted of spying for the CIA.
Amir Rahimpour “made a great deal of money” to pass on details about Iran’s nuclear program to the United States, judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Esmaili stated.
He added that “two more American spies” had been sentenced to 10 years in prison for espionage and five years for acting against nationwide security.
Mr Esmaili did not name them, but said they had actually been working for a charity.
There was no instant remark from the US government or the CIA (Central Intelligence Company).
However in July US authorities called into question a statement by Iran that it had actually jailed 17 spies who were apparently gathering details on the country’s nuclear and military sectors for the CIA. The ministry stated some had actually been sentenced to death.
” It becomes part of the nature of the ayatollah to lie to the world,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated at the time, referring to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “I would take with a substantial grain of salt any Iranian assertion about actions that they have actually taken.”
The previous month, a former contractor for Iran’s defence ministry, Jalal Hajizavar, was carried out after being condemned of espionage. Hajizavar apparently confessed that he had been paid to spy for the CIA.
And in 2016, Iran performed a nuclear researcher convicted of spying for the US. Shahram Amiri apparently defected to the US in 2009, however he went back to Iran the following year after claiming that he had actually been kidnapped and held versus his will.
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News of Amir Rahimpour’s death sentence being verified comes at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington.
In January, leading Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the head of the Revolutionary Guards’ overseas operations arm, was killed in an US drone strike in Baghdad.
In response, Iran fired ballistic missile at 2 Iraqi military bases real estate United States forces.
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