Trump denies Iran arrested 17 people accused of being US spies

WASHINGTON, July 22

US President Donald Trump on Monday completely denied that Iran had captured 17 individuals whom Tehran blamed for being CIA spies and had condemned some to death, calling the reports "totally false".

"The Report of Iran catching CIA spies is absolutely false. Zero truth. Simply more lies and publicity (like their shot down automaton) put out by a Religious System that is Gravely Falling flat and has no clue what to do," Trump composed on Twitter.

Iran reported the captures in state media, saying the supposed government operatives had been caught in the a year to Spring 2019.

Such declarations are not uncommon in Iran, yet the planning has raised worries that Tehran is solidifying its situation during the strains with Western powers.

The declaration came after Washington said it had shot down an Iranian automaton, which Tehran denied.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo additionally given occasion to feel qualms about the captures in a TV meet prior on Monday, saying: "The Iranian system has a long history of lying".

Trump has said freely he would meet with Iranian pioneers to make a concession to atomic and other security issues, however Tehran has rebuked such offers, saying it isn't available to converses with approvals still set up. Reuters