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KUWAIT/TEHRAN - Iran has expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats in a tit-for-tat move after the Gulf emirate said it would throw out three Iranian diplomats in a row over spy allegations, a Kuwaiti official said on Sunday.
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"Iran has expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats, and they were given 10 days to leave," Khaled al-Jarallah, the undersecretary of Kuwait's Foreign Ministry told Reuters on Sunday.
The move comes after Kuwait expelled three Iranian diplomats this month, Jarallah said.
Kuwait's foreign minister said on March 31 three Iranian diplomats
should be expelled in retaliation for what Kuwait says was an Iranian
spy ring there. PressTV said the expulsions took place on April 2.
Last month, a Kuwaiti court sentenced two Iranians and a Kuwaiti to
death for being part of an alleged Iranian spy ring in a case that has
strained relations between Kuwait and Tehran.
Kuwaiti media said in May 2010 that authorities had detained a number of
people, Kuwaitis and foreigners, suspected of spying for Iran. Media
reports said they were accused of gathering information on Kuwaiti and
US military sites for Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Iran's relations with its US-allied Gulf Arab neighbors, who offer
various facilities to US forces, have soured since popular uprisings
were suppressed by government forces.
The Arab states have accused Iran of interfering in their affairs after
Tehran objected to the dispatch of Saudi troops to help Bahrain put down
Iran has denied the spying charge and says it avoids interference in other countries' domestic issues.
Gulf Arab countries are concerned over what they see as the ambition of
Iran, a non-Arab Shi'ite Muslim power, to extend its influence in Arab
countries mostly under Sunni rule.