Iran is a dangerous place for anyone who might even be remotely in contact with foreign countries. That danger was clearly demonstrated over the weekend.
The AP reports Mohammad Heidari and Kourosh Ahmadi were hung over the weekend after being convicted of spying for foreign countries. Heidari was accused of spying for Israel, whereas Ahmadi was accused of spying for the CIA.
Not much more information is known at this point as the report came from Iran’s state-run radio station. The report failed to mention when the men were arrested, or if they were tried.
The executions come at a time when tensions between Iran, and the U.S. and Israel are at an all-time high. The latter suspects Iran is enriching uranium at its nuclear reactors to create atomic weapons while Iran insists its reactors are strictly used for peaceful power generation purposes. It was deemed enough of a threat that Israel launched a sophisticated computer virus, codenamed Flame, to cripple the computer systems at Iran’s reactor.
Since then, the rhetoric between Iran and Israel has risen dramatically. The two executed men were not Israeli or U.S. citizens so their deaths may not spark an international incident, and the two countries will obviously deny that they had spies working for them.
Still, it’s not going to help improve relations in any way going forward.