In a major development in the Islamic Republic of Iran, their diligent security forces have finally identified and then proceeded to arrest “dozens of spies”, including at least one Israeli national, some of whom had infiltrated the government, and were working in critical agencies. This was a major announcement made earlier today by Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi.
“The intelligence ministry’s anti-espionage unit has successfully identified and arrested tens of spies in different governmental bodies,” Alavi was quoted by the news agency Iranian Student’s News Agency yesterday, Tuesday August 28th, 2018.
While the minister did not offer much in the way of further details about the arrests or identities of the spies, he did say that those apprehended fit the description of ‘dual nationals’ which the agency had been looking for. Iran does not recognize the status of dual nationals, a policy which is sound and often improperly explained in real-existing contexts in western media.
Israeli media has given us some reason to believe that among these arrested may be at least one Israeli. Their coverage of this incident begins by explaining that on the same day, “Iran seems to confirm arrested Israeli ex-minister was its spy“.
The times of Israel reports that the Iranians said “We brought under our control a member of a cabinet of a powerful country,’ Tehran says, after earlier denying Israeli charges against Gonen Segev.
Effectively, Iran does not deny that a person may have both Iranian and another nationality. However, if they enter the country on an Iranian passport, they cannot refer to, or defer to, their ulterior citizenship to avoid investigation, hearings, and prosecution by Iranian authorities. If the enter Iran on a foreign passport, also, they are treated as Iranian citizens and are not eligible for consular services or protections from the other country in question.
Given that Alavi’s announcement comes as the US has reimposed sanctions on Tehran following President Donald Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 JCPOA nuclear deal, FRN has reason to believe that there may be some connection. This may mean that the arrested ‘dual nationals’ are from an A5+I country (the Anglo five plus Israel). More sanctions are scheduled to take effect in November, and the US has threatened to punish anyone in the world who does business with Tehran.