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Iran to execute alleged spy who gave nuclear secrets to CIA

Iran to execute alleged spy who gave nuclear secrets to CIA”

"Amir Rahimpour who spied for the CIA and received huge amounts of money and attempted to provide the US intelligence service with a part of Iran's nuclear information was tried and had been sentenced to death", Judiciary Spokesman Gholam Hossein Esmayeeli said at a news conference in Tehran, according to Iran's FARS news agency.

Judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili identified the purported spy as Amir Rahimpour and said he would be executed soon.

Esmaili did not elaborate on what Rahimpour was accused of doing, and did not give his age or background.

"They did their spying activities in form of charity organizations; they were sentenced to 10 years of imprisonment for espionage and another five years for acting against security", IRNA reports.

The CIA did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The spokesman said that the Supreme Court has upheld the capital punishment for the U.S. intelligence officer for gathering classified data related to Iran's nuclear programme.

Esmaili provided no evidence of the nationality of the convicted individuals working for a charity.

News of Amir Rahimpour's death sentence being confirmed comes at a time of high tension between Tehran and Washington.

The names of the individuals would not be released yet because the sentence has not been finalized, Esmaili told a press conference streamed live on the judiciary's website.

The public announcement of the punishment for an alleged Central Intelligence Agency spy is the latest salvo in Iran's dispute with the United States.

In June, Iran announced that it had broken up a major CIA "cyberespionage network" with help from the intelligence services of other countries.

When he returned in 2010, he was welcomed with flowers by government leaders and even went on the Iranian talk-show circuit.

The attack was ordered by US President Donald Trump, who in May 2018 withdrew the US from the historic nuclear accord Iran had signed with Western powers in 2015.

A United States drone strike in January killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, a targeted killing that prompted Tehran to launch a retaliatory ballistic missile strike on Iraqi bases housing American troops.

On 5 January, Tehran announced that it would no longer comply with the limits of the Iran nuclear deal, which was set to considerably reduce Iran's nuclear programme and its stockpile of medium- and low-enriched uranium in exchange for the removal of worldwide sanctions.



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