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Trump denies CIA link to Iran spy claim

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is labeling a report by Iran that it has arrested 17 Iranian nationals recruited by the Central Intelligence Agency to spy on the country's nuclear and military sites as a "lie."

Speaking to reporters at the White House on Monday, Trump said, "That's totally a false story. That's another lie."

An Iranian intelligence official told a news conference in Tehran that the arrests took place over the past months, and that those taken into custody worked on "sensitive sites" in the country's military and nuclear facilities.

Trump also said Iran has "disrespected" the United States, and that it is "getting harder" for him to make a deal with Iran.

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