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Iran says US charges against 4 citizens over journalist kidnap plot ‘baseless’

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh gestures during a press conference in Tehran, on February 22, 2021. (Atta Kenare / AFP)
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh gestures during a press conference in Tehran, on February 22, 2021. (Atta Kenare / AFP)

Iran denounces as “baseless and absurd” a US Justice Department charge that four Iranian intelligence agents planned to kidnap a reporter of Iranian origin in the US.

“This new assertion by the United States, whose enmity with Iran is no secret, is baseless and absurd,” foreign ministry spokesman Said Khatibzadeh says, referring to charges brought against four Iranian nationals for an alleged plot to abduct Masih Alinejad.

“This is not the first time the United States has engaged in creating such Hollywood scenarios,” the ISNA news agency quotes Khatibzadeh as saying.

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