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Iran executes ex-defence ministry employee on charges of spying for US

Iran says an investigation uncovered spying equipment at the man's home (Picture: EPA, AFP)

Iran claims an investigation uncovered spying equipment at the mans home (Picture: EPA, AFP)

The Iranian regime has reportedly executed a former ministry of defence employee, who it claims was spying for the US.

Jalal Hajizavar was a contract employee for the aerospace organisation, according to reports on Saturday.

He had left his post nine years ago, and was convicted by a military court after an investigation allegedly discovered documents and spying equipment at his home, according to the IRIB news agency.

It claims he was executed at the Rajai Shahr prison in Karaj, west of Tehran.

It comes amid heightening tensions between Tehran and Washington.

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Iran shot down a US drone it says breached Iranian airspace (Picture: EPA)

Yesterday President Trump said the US was cocked and loaded to retaliate against the nation for downing an American drone.

Iran said the drone was in Iran airspace but the US insisted it was flying over international waters.

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Trump then claimed the strikes were cancelled 10 minutes before they were due to be carried out, as he was told 150 people could die.

Foreign Office Minister Andrew Murrison will fly to Iran this weekend to call for an urgent de-escalation in the region.

An oil tanker is on fire in the sea of Oman, Thursday, June 13, 2019. Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were reportedly attacked on Thursday, an assault that left one ablaze and adrift as sailors were evacuated from both vessels and the U.S. Navy rushed to assist amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran. (AP Photo/ISNA)

Two oil tankers near the strategic Strait of Hormuz were attacked on Thursday, which the U.S. says Iran is responsible for (Picture: AP)

In this undated photo released by Sepahnews, the website of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Gen. Hossein Salami speaks in a meeting in Tehran, Iran. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's supreme leader, has appointed Salami to head to the country's powerful Revolutionary Guard, just after the U.S. designated the paramilitary force a terrorist group. (Sepahnews via AP)

General Hossein Salami says Iran is ready for war (Picture: AP)

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