Iran claims the UK-linked arrests reflect a ‘destructive role’ in the protests | Daily News Byte

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Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday that the arrests of citizens linked to the UK showed Britain’s “destructive role” in recent anti-government protests.

Iran has accused the West, Israel and Saudi Arabia of fueling unrest by people from all walks of life in the country, one of the most persistent challenges to the country’s ruling theocracy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.

Asked by a reporter to comment on Sunday’s announcement in Tehran of the arrest of seven people linked to Britain, Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said: “Some countries, especially the ones you mentioned, had an unconstructive role regarding recent developments in Iran.

“His role was completely destructive and instigated riots.”

London’s Metropolitan Police has detained one person Monday near Iran International’s office under the Terrorism Act after warnings in November that elements linked to Tehran’s intelligence services were trying to target the network’s journalists.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said on Sunday that seven people were arrested, including some with dual nationalities, in the wake of anti-government protests that have rocked the country for more than three months.

The British Foreign Office said it was seeking further information from Iranian officials on reports that British-Iranian dual nationals had been arrested.

Dozens of dual nationals have been arrested with Tehran accusing foreign involvement in the protests, part of an official narrative designed to deflect blame from the Iranian leadership.

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