Iran says uncovers US-financed coup plot

Iran has arrested four Iranians accused of involvement in a U.S.-financed plot aimed at toppling its Islamic system of government, the judiciary said on Tuesday.

Iran says uncovers US-financed coup plot
The announcement came a week before the inauguration of Barack Obama as U.S. president.

Judiciary spokesman Alireza Jamshidi said the accused, who he said were financed by the U.S. government and Congress, were arrested in Tehran and their verdicts would be announced soon.

"The news whose details which will be announced either tomorrow or the day after is in connection to a soft network whose intent was to topple, with U.S. government funding," Jamshidi told a news conference.

"One of the goals these individuals were pursuing in Iran was to set up a network to topple the Islamic establishment, all of whose operators have been arrested," he said.

Jamshidi said the group, whom he did not identify, had tried to recruit other people in Iran and train them both in and outside the country in techniques for undermining the system. He did not provide details.

The official IRNA news agency also quoted him as saying the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had been involved in establishing and guiding the network.

"Unfortunately we have witnessed in the past years crimes guided or led by this (U.S.) government," Jamshidi said.

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