Jan. 17, 2023

Iran’s execution of ‘British spy’ pushes ties with Britain to the brink

Iran/Diplomacy

The story: Iran’s execution of former deputy defense minister Alireza Akbari has further strained relations with Britain given his dual British nationality. Accused of spying for MI6, Akbari's execution has been welcomed by hardline media in Tehran.

At the same time, the British government is indicating a toughening stance, reportedly including reconsideration of support for the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and possibly designating the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

The coverage: Iranian authorities announced on Jan. 14 that Akbari had been executed.

  • The former deputy defense minister was accused of "spying" for Britain and receiving around 2M EUR for his alleged services, according to the Iranian judiciary's news agency.

  • In an audio message shared with the BBC's Persian service by his family ahead of the execution, Akbari insisted that he was "tortured and forced to confess on camera to...

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