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Britain Accuses Iran of 'Slurs,' Following Kurd Arrests

Source: VOA
Britain accused Iran of a "long line of slurs" Thursday after Tehran said four people arrested for alleged assassinations were part of a British-linked Kurdish group.

Britain's Foreign and Commonwealth Office said Iran's allegations are unfounded. In a strongly worded statement, the office said Britain does not support terrorist activities and Iran's claim is "another in a long line of slurs" against Britain.

Earlier Thursday, Iran's Intelligence Ministry announced the arrests of four suspects with alleged ties to the armed Kurdish opposition group Komala. The ministry said investigators believe the suspects carried out five assassinations.

Iran says the suspects received orders from a Komala commander named Jatil Fattahi, that it believes is living in Britain.

Komala has waged a low-level insurgency for decades in Iran's Kurdish regions along the border with Iraq.

Iranian officials said Britain has conducted spy operations and funded terror groups against Iran.

In a speech last month, the head of Britain's MI6 spy agency, John Sawers, defended the need for intelligence-led operations to prevent states "like Iran" from developing nuclear weapons against international legal obligations.

Iran's state-run media says university students gathered in Tehran to protest against Sawers' remarks. It says demonstrators chanted slogans against the United Kingdom and the United States.

Iran says its nuclear program is peaceful. Western powers have accused Iran of trying to develop nuclear weapons.

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