With the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) covering its back, Saudi Arabia is willing to name Iran as the state caught with its spies roaming around the Kingdom. Arab News reports:

Diplomatic action urged against Iran over spying
JEDDAH: ARAB NEWS

The charge against 18 suspected spies who were arrested by Saudi police on Sunday have been confirmed. Their espionage activities for Iran have been recorded in sound and picture, the local media reported yesterday quoting informed security sources.

“Saudi security agents have recorded most of the meetings of these spies,” one source told Al-Hayat Arabic daily. The suspected spies will be interrogated before their trial. The source did not rule out the possibility of a non-Saudi leading the espionage cell, although it included 16 Saudis, in addition to an Iranian and a Lebanese.

Zuhair Al-Harthi, a member of the Shoura Council, called on the government to retaliate diplomatically against Tehran if its involvement in the case is confirmed.

“This represents an unprecedented escalation in Saudi-Iranian relations,” he pointed out.

Al-Harthi warned against Tehran’s expansionary ambitions, citing discovery of similar Iranian spy networks in Yemen, Kuwait and Bahrain. He said the arrest of spies would harm Iran’s relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council.


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