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Italy says arrests Iranian spies

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Italian police have made a series of arrests in Milan, Rome and Turin of Italian and Iranian nationals suspected of illegal arms trading. Some of the Iranians are believed to be members of that country’s secret service.

Nine people have been arrested in total in Operation Sniper, as it has been branded, for breaking the international arms embargo against Iran.

Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi has been a harsh critic of Iran, calling for tougher UN sanctions over its nuclear programme, and recently saying he would discourage Italian gas and oil companies from doing business there.