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NEW YORK – An Iranian cell has been caught in Saudi Arabia attempting to provoke a Shiite rebellion against the Saudi kingdom, according to informed Middle Eastern security officials.

The security officials said interrogation of the cell of seven Iranian agents caught in an eastern Saudi province revealed the existence of a second cell in Bahrain also attempting to destabilize the country by plotting a Shiite rebellion.

The security officials stated Saudi Arabia passed information to the Obama administration warning that the U.S. outreach to Iran has already emboldened Tehran to press ahead with a campaign to attempt to weaken moderate Arab regimes that are U.S. allies.

A Jordanian source, meanwhile, told WND that moderate Arab moderate countries are “very worried” over Obama’s diplomatic gestures to Iran. They fear any U.S. deal could expand Tehran’s future influence in the Middle East, including via proxies like Hezbollah.

Yesterday, it was reported that an exchange of letters between Obama and Iran’s new president, Hassan Rouhani, may result in a possible meeting between the two leaders at a U.N. summit next week. Any such meeting would mark the first face-to-face encounter between a U.S. and Iranian head of state since Iran’s 1979 revolution.

The diplomatic outreach to Iran follows a U.S. deal with Iran’s ally, Syria, that would place the Syrian regime’s chemical weapons arsenal under international custodianship to avoid a U.S. military strike on Damascus.

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