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Iranian news agency: 2 nationals charged with spying

Posted March 15

— Iran's official news agency is reporting that authorities have detained two Iranian nationals and charged them with spying.

The Wednesday report by IRNA said the two had "espionage devices" while pretending they were on a tourist visit to Abu Musa Island in the Persian Gulf. It is the largest in a three-island cluster controlled by Iran but also claimed by the United Arab Emirates.

The report said there would be further investigation but did not elaborate. In the past, espionage devices have included communications, camera and GPS devices.

Iran occasionally announces the arrest of spies without further reporting their fates. More than a dozen suspects have been arrested and jailed for spying in recent years.

Last month, Iran said it sentenced a 62-year-old man to 10 years on espionage charges.

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