Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Iran executes 'US spy' who worked for defence ministry

Iran executes 'US spy' who worked for defence ministry

A former contractor for Iran's Defense Ministry was executed this week on charges of spying for the United States, local news agencies reported on Saturday.

According to IRNA's report, Zawar - who was dismissed from service in 2010 - had been charged for "spying for the Central Intelligence Agency", and that documents and equipment had been seized from his home during the course of the investigation.

"He was tortured severely", the rights group said, adding that Jamal's wife, Leila Tajik, has been sentenced to 15 years of imprisonment and is held at Kachouei prison of Tehran.

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The United States launched cyber attacks against Iranian missile control systems and a spy network after Tehran downed an American surveillance drone, according to USA media reports.

Despite US claims that the drone had been flying over worldwide waters, Iran says it has retrieved fragments of drone in its own territorial waters where it was shot down.

"Threat for threat means that if the enemy fires a single bullet at us, it will receive 10 bullets and have to pay a heavy cost", Iranian Armed Forces General Staff Spokesperson Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the Tasnim news agency.

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Over the past month, Iran has also been blamed for a series of attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf.

US President Donald Trump threatened to carry out a military strike against Iran, but changed his mind at the last minute.

"We are putting additional sanctions on Iran", Trump said.

The downing of the U.S. drone came after a series of attacks on tankers in the congested shipping lanes of the Gulf, that Washington has blamed on Iran, exacerbated already-tense relations between the two countries. "In some cases we are going slowly, but in other cases we are moving rapidly".

The move "proved that Iran will not surrender easily to their (Americans') nonsensical talks", Pezeshkian, a reformist, said at the beginning of an open session of the parliament on Sunday.

Worries about a confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted despite Trump saying that he has no appetite to go to war with Iran.

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