Kuwait has detained several people in a security probe, a government spokesman said on Monday, after media reports that a number of Kuwaitis and foreigners were being held on suspicion of spying for Iran.
Kuwaiti media, including independent daily newspaper al-Qabas, reported that a number of Kuwaitis and other nationals were arrested on accusations of gathering information for Iran on military sites in the Gulf Arab country. Iran has denied the reports.
Asked about the reports, government spokesman Mohammad al-Busairi told reporters in parliament: "There are suspects and they are under investigation."
"We cannot go into details ... on such national security issues because that would undoubtedly negatively affect investigations," he said, adding the men would be referred to prosecution as soon as the inquiry was completed.
He did not give details of how many people were in custody.
Busairi did not refer to Iran by name. He said details published in the media were inaccurate.
Al-Qabas claimed the cell had spied on Kuwaiti and U.S. military installations for Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards.
The Iranian Embassy said in a statement on Sunday the report was baseless and aimed at harming ties between the two countries, and "diverting the attention from the real threat to the area", which the embassy said was Israel.
Iran's English-language state Press TV quoted a senior guards official as dismissing the Kuwaiti reports as "false claims".
Lawmaker Shuaib al-Muezeri said: "We hope the government would clarify this case, and if it is proven, it has to be firm and to ask the Iranian ambassador to leave the country." His comments were carried by al-Jarida daily.
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