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Newsline: UK says reports of diplomat ‘arrest’ in Iran false

The United Kingdom has said “reports of the arrest” of a British diplomat in Iran were “completely false”, adding that the official had left the country in December. A spokesman for the UK foreign ministry said the “reports of the arrest of a British diplomat in Iran are completely false”. Meanwhile, the UK ambassador to Iran tweeted: “These reports that our Deputy Ambassador is currently detained are very interesting … He actually left Iran last December, at the end of his posting.” (https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2022/7/7/uk-says-diplomat-reportedly-arrested-in-iran-is-not-in-country) The denials followed a report on Wednesday by the state-run Fars news agency that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) had “identified and arrested diplomats from foreign embassies who were spying in Iran”.

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