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Iran has two Europeans for plotting anxiety prior to EU negotiations

Iran has two Europeans for plotting anxiety prior to EU negotiations

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Iran believes they are associated with “foreign espionage organizations with years of experience that have contributed to anxiety in other countries.”

Iran believes they are associated with “foreign espionage organizations with years of experience that have contributed to anxiety in other countries.”

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Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdrahian at a press conference in Moscow

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Iranian officials sought to cause “confusion, instability and social turmoil” as EU top executives met in Tehran on a deadlocked effort to revive Iran’s nuclear trade with world powers. Said that he had detained two Europeans.

The detention was reported by the semi-official Iranian Students News Agency, citing the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence. The identity and nationality of the detainees were not disclosed, nor were the details of when they were arrested.

Intelligence officials began tracking individuals as soon as they arrived in Iran and found that they were linked to “foreign espionage organizations with years of experience that contributed to anxiety in other countries.” ISNA quoted a statement from the ministry.

Iran has been accused of detaining foreigners in the past to gain influence in international conflict.

Enrique Mora, the top European Union diplomat who was coordinating currently deadlocked negotiations to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, arrived in Tehran late Tuesday to meet with officials. Atomic negotiations have been stalled by Iran’s request for the United States to lift Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Terrorism designation during the Trump era.

Reviving transactions that previously restricted Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for easing sanctions could lead President Donald Trump to withdraw the United States in 2018, causing a surge in Iran’s crude oil exports.

News of the arrest will arrive a few days after Iran’s judicial authorities have announced that they will proceed with the execution of Swedish and Iranian scholars who have been in prison for espionage since April 2016.

The Ahmadreza Jalili case has heightened tensions between Iran and Sweden and is now attempting Iranian officials accused of participating in the genocide of thousands of political prisoners in Iran in 1988.

On Tuesday, the Iranian judiciary ruled out prisoner exchange and said Jalili’s decision was final. Last week, ISNA reported that he would be executed by May 21st.

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