Iran claims to have uncovered U.S. backed coup plot

January 13, 2009

Tehran (ChattahBox) — Iran has reportedly arrested four of its own citizens accused of involvement in a U.S.-financed plot aimed at toppling its Islamic system of government.

Iran Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said the accused, who he said were financed by the U.S. government and Congress, were arrested in Tehran and their verdicts would be announced soon. Doubtful the accused will be given a trial.

“One of the goals these individuals were pursuing in Iran was to set up a network to topple the Islamic establishment, all of whose operators have been arrested,” he said.

Jamshidi said the group, whom he did not identify, had tried to recruit other people in Iran and train them both in and outside the country in techniques for undermining the system. He did not provide details however.

The official IRNA news agency also quoted him as saying the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had been involved in establishing and guiding the network.

The United States, which has cut ties with Iran, accuses Tehran of seeking to build nuclear bombs. Iranian officials deny the charge, saying the nuclear program is for electricity production.

In a story we published here, it is believed President Bush had deflected an Israeli request last year for bunker-busting bombs it wanted for an attack on Iran’s nuclear complex, saying he had authorized covert action to sabotage its suspected atomic arms development.


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