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Iran Arrested 12 With Ties to CIA, IRNA Says Citing Lawmaker

November 24, 2011

Nov. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Iran arrested 12 people linked with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency who planned to target the country’s defense, the official Islamic Republic News Agency cited a member of parliament as saying.

“The main mission of these individuals was to harm Iran given its progress in the field of nuclear technology,” parliament member Parviz Sorouri said yesterday, according to IRNA.

Sorouri’s comments came two days after the U.S. expanded measures aimed at thwarting Iran’s nuclear program, targeting its central bank and oil industry with actions intended to cut the nation off from international financial transactions.

The U.S. and its allies accuse Iran of seeking to develop atomic weapons under the cover of its nuclear program. Iran rejects the claim and says it needs nuclear power to meet the energy needs of its growing population.

--Editors: Ben Holland, Karl Maier.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Dubai at lnasseri@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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