The Islamic Republic of Iran has expelled three Kuwaiti diplomats in retaliation for the Persian Gulf emirate's decision to expel three Iranian diplomats.
On April 2, Kuwait expelled three Iranian diplomats of the Iranian Embassy in Kuwait City, alleging that they had links to a spy network.
Kuwait claimed that a number of its officers have been gathering information about the US military bases in Kuwait and passing it on to Iran, an allegation that the Islamic Republic has rejected as baseless.
Tehran says earlier claims that a spy network linked to Iran was operating in the country were dismissed by a number of Kuwaiti officials, including the parliament speaker, a year ago and the fact that the issue has been brought up again after a year raises questions.
Earlier this week, MP Hossein Naqavi Hosseini of the National Security and Foreign Policy Committee of the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) said that Kuwait's claim that it has dismantled an Iranian spy cell is a US plot devised to legitimize the current crackdown on popular movements in the region.
Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates have deployed troops to Bahrain to assist Bahraini forces in their crackdown on anti-government demonstrations.
Kuwait provided the US with military bases for its war against Iraq and also provided billions of dollars in funding to former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war.