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Britain says reports of arrest of British diplomat in Iran ‘completely false’

Tehran [Iran]The British Foreign Ministry has denied information about the arrest of the deputy head of the United Kingdom’s mission in Iran on charges of espionage, Sky News reported.

“Reports about the arrest of a British diplomat in Iran are completely false,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Earlier, media reported that Giles Whittaker, deputy head of mission at the UK embassy in Tehran, was among the foreigners arrested by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards for alleged espionage.

The Jerusalem Post reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested these diplomats on charges of spying on missile drills and taking soil samples from a restricted area.

According to the report, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps released a video it claimed Whittaker was seen near a site where Iranian forces were conducting missile exercises. The report says the deputy ambassador has since apologized and been expelled.

The Post reported that one of the suspects arrested by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps entered the country as part of a scholarly exchange with the university. The IRGC also claimed that the suspect had taken soil samples from some areas.

It claimed that diplomats are often used to search military facilities and locate equipment and ammunition. The report also states that the diplomats are being used “to build a new case at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on the military aspects of the Iran case.” Negotiations are currently underway between Iran and world powers to attempt a comeback. to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement, which remains deadlocked. Iran signed the Cooperation Agreement with world powers in July 2015, agreeing to curb its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions against the country.

However, former US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the agreement in May 2018 and unilaterally imposed sanctions on Iran, forcing the latter to abandon some of its commitments under the agreement.

Iran’s nuclear talks began in April 2021 in Vienna, but were suspended in March this year due to political differences between Tehran and Washington. Meanwhile, Iranian officials have complained that the US is not ready to lift sanctions before returning to the deal.

Ali Shamkhani, secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, said on Wednesday that “oppressive” US sanctions against Iran should be lifted so that all countries can easily invest in Iran while maintaining their long-term interests.

Shamkhani made this statement at a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Qatar, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, reported the Iranian Nour News affiliated with the SNSC. (ANI)

Britain says reports of arrest of British diplomat in Iran ‘completely false’

SourceBritain says reports of arrest of British diplomat in Iran ‘completely false’

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