A website linked to Iran’s judiciary carried a statement on Tuesday saying a man convicted of reportedly spying for the CIA would be executed soon.

The video statement from spokesman Gholam-Hossein Esmaili, marked “live” on the screen, was similar to a statement he gave on February 4.

It was not clear if Esmaili would address the topic at a press conference on Tuesday.

Last month, Reuters cited Iran’s judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Esmaili as saying that a man has been sentenced to death in Iran “for spying for the CIA and attempting to pass on information about Iran’s nuclear programme.”

“Amir Rahimpour who was a CIA spy and got big pay and tried to present part of Iran’s nuclear information to the American service had been tried and sentenced to death and recently the supreme court upheld his sentence and you will see it carried out soon,” the statement read, according to Reuters.

Last summer, Tehran announced it had broken up a CIA spy ring of 17 people and that some had been sentenced to death.

However, after Iran’s announcement, US President Trump tweeted: “The Report of Iran capturing CIA spies is totally false. Zero truth.”

In January, a US drone strike killed Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad, prompting Tehran to retaliate with a ballistic missile strike on Iraqi bases housing US troops.

Source » aawsat