Iran says it has decided to kill the 17 “CIA spies” captured in its country

Iran claims to have captured 17 people affiliated with the US Central Intelligence Agency and has subsequently sentenced several of them to death.

The “spies” that have been arrested reportedly worked in Iranian military and nuclear facilities, as well as private firms.

The head of Iranian counter-intelligence -who was not identified during the press conference- did not say how many were sentenced to death.

While Iran has frequently claimed to have uncovered US agents within its borders, the timing of the press release is troubling to many keeping a close watch on the potential conflict in the Persian Gulf.

President Donald Trump addressed the issue in his usual way on Twitter.

“The report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false,” he tweeted. “Zero truth. Just more lies and propaganda (like their shot-down drone) put out by a Religious Regime that is Badly Failing and has no idea what to do. Their Economy is dead, and will get much worse. Iran is a total mess!”

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also dismissed the claims, noting that the Iranian government “has a long history of lying.”

The news comes just after Iran seized a Stena Line oil tanker belonging to the United Kingdom.

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