(Persia Digest) - A senior official at the Iranian Intelligence Ministry has given details about another heavy blow that Iranian intelligence forces have inflicted on the US by busting and charging 17 spies affiliated to the country’s spy agency.

Mehr News reports that the director-general of the counterespionage department of the Intelligence Ministry broke the news on Monday, saying the Islamic Republic has busted 17 spies for collaborating with the US Central Intelligence Service (CIA).

He said the sentences on the accused have been passed, and some of them will be executed for 'fasad-fel-arz' – a title  for capital crimes in the Islamic Republic described as spreading corruption on Earth or spreading corruption that threatens social and political well-being.


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The news follows Tehran's announcement on June 17 that the country had dismantled a CIA-run "large US cyber-espionage" network.

According to Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, the cooperation between the Islamic Republic of Iran and other countries has led to “the disclosure and dismantling of a network of CIA officers, as well as the detention and punishment of several spies.”

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