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An Iranian espionage group has been dismantled in Kuwait, Saudi and Kuwaiti officials said Thursday — the first official confirmation of the operation in the tiny Gulf nation.
According to the Saudi news agency, Saudi Interior Minister Prince Nayef bin Abdullaziz said Kuwait managed to "break down" a cell that was acting on behalf of Iran's Revolutionary Guard.
His Kuwaiti counterpart, Sheik Jaber Al-Sabah, said the suspects are now being investigated by his country's judiciary.
The two did not provide details of the raid in Kuwait. They spoke after a hastily assembled meeting of Gulf Arab security chiefs late Wednesday to discuss the subject.
The gathering in the kingdom and the officials' remarks reflected Gulf concerns over Iran's undercover affairs in the region. Tensions have also been rising between Iran and its Arab neighbors over Teheran's growing regional influence.7
reportedly arrested in sweep
Kuwaiti media first reported
last Saturday that seven people were arrested in the sweep. The Al-Qabas
newspaper said the cell
included Kuwaitis and others, described as stateless residents in
The paper said police confiscated documents, advanced
communication equipment and a large amount of US dollars in the raid.
There was no information on when the arrests occurred.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast on Tuesday dismissed the
Kuwaiti media reports as "baseless propaganda." There was no immediate
comment from Teheran on Thursday.