Iran expels 3 Kuwait diplomats in spy row
Kuwait, April 10, 2011
Iran has expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats in a tit-for-tat move after Kuwait said it would throw out three Iranian diplomats in a row over spy allegations, a Kuwaiti official said on Sunday.
'Iran has expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats, and they were given 10 days to leave,' Khaled Al-Jarallah, the undersecretary of Kuwait's Foreign Ministry told Reuters on Sunday.
The move comes after Kuwait expelled three Iranian diplomats this month, Jarallah said.
Kuwait's foreign minister said on March 31 three Iranian diplomats should be expelled in retaliation for what Kuwait says was an Iranian spy ring there. Press TV said the expulsions took place on April 2.
Last month, a Kuwaiti court sentenced two Iranians and a Kuwaiti to death for being part of an alleged Iranian spy ring in a case that has strained relations between Kuwait and Tehran.
Kuwaiti media said in May 2010 that authorities had detained a number of people, Kuwaitis and foreigners, suspected of spying for Iran. Media reports said they were accused of gathering information on Kuwaiti and US military sites for Iran's Revolutionary Guards.
Gulf states have accused Iran of interfering in their affairs after Tehran objected to the dispatch of Saudi troops to help Bahrain put down protests.
Iran has denied the spying charge and says it avoids interference in other countries' domestic issues. - Reuters