Iran's head of intelligence issues a covert threat against the UK
Iran's head of intelligence issues a covert threat against the UK

Tehran: Iran's intelligence minister has threatened the country with terrorist operations, following Britain's condemnation of attempted threatening acts against London-based Iran international journalists.

Ismail Khatib said Iran International is regarded by the Islamic Republic as "a terrorist organization" in an interview with the supreme leader's website that was published on Wednesday. He also said that any person associated with the channel, including its employees, would be investigated by the Intelligence Ministry.

Iran International's parent company Volant Media said in a statement on Monday that two of its journalists were recently informed of the threats. The Metropolitan Police has now formally informed both journalists that they face an immediate, credible and serious risk to their lives and the lives of their families as a result of these threats. According to the statement, the Metropolitan Police directly informed additional members of our staff of the various threats.

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Khatib said the Islamic republic would not "commit itself to combating insecurity" coming from other countries, without specifically saying that it would attack the UK.

“Unlike the UK, we will never support terrorism and insecurity in other countries, but we have no responsibility to prevent insecurity there too. Therefore, the minister said, Britain will pay for its actions aimed at making Iran uncomfortable. To do.

The current wave of protests in Iran, sparked by the custodial death of 22-year-old Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini, was attributed by the speaker to the UK, US, Israel and Saudi Arabia, echoing statements made by her . Supreme leaders and other officials.

He insisted that an "influence campaign" to destabilize the Islamic republic had been launched as part of a "hybrid war", and added that Israel played a more explicit role in operations in the region, while the UK did not. Played a more propaganda-focused role. The operations against the Islamic Republic, which received financial support from Saudi Arabia, have continued especially for foreign protests such as the large rally in Berlin last month. Large gatherings of Iranians living abroad in Berlin in October angered the Iranian government in Tehran, which attempted to curtail opposition gathering.

He claimed that the British government today had "crossed the security red lines of the Islamic Republic" by supporting satellite channels such as Iran International and the BBC that are part of its media infrastructure.

His remarks came after the British House of Commons debated on Tuesday designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.

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“Police have provided credible information to British-Iranian journalists who are currently based in the UK, indicating that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps is at risk for their lives. What else needs to be done before the IRGC is outlawed outright? the wanted?" British Conservative MP Bob Blackman spoke at the gathering.

Later on Tuesday, the Committee to Protect Journalists demanded that British officials hold the Islamic Republic of Iran accountable for its international crimes, furthering the safety of Iran's international staff members who were at risk.

Sheriff Mansour, the Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for CPJ, said Iranian authorities have repeatedly tried to silence journalists around the world while acting with impunity.

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“UK authorities must ensure that Iran International employees are safe and must make it clear that any threats against journalists on British soil will not be tolerated. This trend will only get worse, and the security of journalists is unacceptable. The threat will remain, unless foreign governments hold Iran accountable.

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