Iranian Intelligence Minister Esmail Khatib said the UK would pay the price for its attempts to destabilize Iran, adding that the country’s security community now recognizes the so-called London-based Iran International channel as a terrorist organization.
In remarks on Tuesday, Khatib also said the United States, Britain, the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia had played an overt role in the recent riots in several Iranian cities, which erupted after the death of a young Iranian woman in hospital on September 16, three days after she collapsed at a police station in the capital Tehran.
“We will never support terrorist and destabilizing acts in other countries as the UK does, but neither will we commit ourselves to preventing the emergence of insecurity in these countries,” he said. declared.
He was then quick to warn that London would pay the price for acting to make the great country of Iran insecure.
Referring to the so-called Iran International TV, he said “elements of this network” will be prosecuted by the Ministry of Intelligence.
“From now on, any link with this terrorist organization will be considered as entering the terrorist domain and threatening the national security of the country,” he said.
Iran has been at the epicenter of violent unrest since the controversial death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who was arrested for wearing an inappropriate hijab. Weeks after the unrest began, an inquest ordered by President Ebrahim Raeisi concluded that Amini’s death was caused by illness rather than alleged beatings by police.
Meanwhile, the Islamic Republic heavily censored several countries for instigating the riots through their spy agencies and propaganda apparatus. London, in particular, hosts several anti-Iranian networks, including Iran International, Manoto and BBC Persian.
Iran’s top intelligence bodies, namely the Intelligence Ministry and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Intelligence Organization, also released a statement last month, highlighting the role of spy agencies strangers in trouble. They concluded that the CIA was playing the lead role while cooperating closely with the spy services of the UK, the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia.
Undoubtedly, Khatib said, the largest “influence operation” against any country in the world has been against Iran through hybrid operations led by the United States, the United Kingdom, the regime Israeli and Saudi Arabia.
“In recent events, the hand of the Zionist regime was more evident in implementation; the UK’s hand in propaganda and the Saudi regime’s hand in funding,” he explained.