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Monday, November 21, 2016
Iran Arrests A Dozen Nuclear Deal Negotiaters For Spying
TEL AVIV – At least a dozen senior Iranian officials who were part of negotiations for the U.S.-led nuclear deal were arrested by the Islamic Republic on espionage charges, an Iranian lawmaker said.
According to Iranian MP Husein Al Haj Degana, some of those arrested had dual citizenship but he did not explain further. According to Al Arabiya, some of them had been arrested simply for holding dual citizenship.
Arab media has been covering the story since Al Haj’s comments last week, but Iran’s government-controlled media made no mention of the arrests.
Iranian authorities earlier this year arrested another member of the negotiating team, claiming the suspect was a “spy who had infiltrated the nuclear team.”
In August, Tehran arrested Abdolrasoul Dorri Esfahani, one of the nuclear deal negotiators, who held British citizenship and was reported to have links to British intelligence. Esfahani was a member of a team working on ameliorating economic sanctions under the nuclear deal. The charges were later dropped. READ MORE