An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Wednesday that accusations by U.S. authorities that Iran is plotting to kidnap Iranians overseas who knock the state are “baseless and ridiculous.”
The spokesman, Saeed Khatibzadeh, was quoted by Iran’s semiofficial ISNA quality bureau a time aft U.S. national authorities successful New York announced transgression charges against 4 Iranian quality operatives.
The authorities, quoting from an indictment, accidental the individuals plotted to kidnap a salient Iranian absorption activistic and writer successful exile and instrumentality her to Tehran.
Khatibzadeh derided the crippled arsenic “Hollywood-style scenarios” and “baseless and ridiculous” accusations unworthy of a response.
“Making specified an imaginary communicative is not improbable by the U.S. Its full abbreviated past is afloat of assassination, kidnapping and sabotage successful different countries,” Khatibzadeh said.
The indictment successful Manhattan national tribunal described the crippled arsenic portion of a wider program to lure 3 individuals successful Canada and a 5th idiosyncratic successful the United Kingdom, on with individuals successful the United Arab Emirates, to Iran.
The identities of the alleged victims were not released but Brooklyn-based Masih Alinejad confirmed that authorities had told her she was among the targets.
“I knew that this is the quality of the Islamic Republic, you know, kidnapping people, arresting people, torturing people, sidesplitting people. But I couldn’t judge it that this is going to hap to maine successful United States of America,” Alinejad told The Associated Press.
Alinejad, who worked for years arsenic a writer successful Iran, agelong has been targeted by its theocracy aft fleeing the state pursuing its disputed 2009 statesmanlike predetermination and crackdown.
She is simply a salient fig connected Farsi-language outer channels overseas that critically presumption Iran and has worked arsenic a contractor for U.S.-funded Voice of America’s Farsi-language web since 2015. She became a U.S. national successful October 2019.
Associated Press writer Nasser Karimi successful Tehran, Iran, contributed to this report.