Iran says it has Israel-linked network planning sabotage

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran said on Saturday its security forces had arrested a network of operatives working for Israel before they were able to carry out sabotage and “terrorist operations”, state media reported. .

The announcement by Iran’s Intelligence Ministry came amid growing tensions with arch-enemy Israel over Tehran’s nuclear program.

“The members of this network were in contact with the (Israeli) spy agency Mossad via a neighboring country and entered Iran from the Kurdistan region (Iraqi) with advanced equipment and powerful explosives,” he said. the ministry said in a statement carried by state media.

There was no immediate comment from Israeli officials.

Iran often accuses its enemies or rivals abroad, such as Israel, the United States and Saudi Arabia, of trying to destabilize the country.

The Intelligence Ministry did not specify the number of those arrested and did not disclose their nationalities. The network has planned “unprecedented acts of sabotage and terrorist operations in sensitive locations,” its statement said, without giving details.

Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint pledge to deny Iran nuclear weapons. Tehran says its nuclear program is peaceful and denies seeking nuclear weapons.

(Reporting by Dubai Newsroom; Editing by Frances Kerry)