Iran plans to sue Israel in international bodies for “crimes” against its nuclear scientists as it claims the arrest of a Zionist spy ring but reveals scant details.
“The issue that we will actively pursue is the condemnation of this illegal regime (Israel) and its punishment as the perpetrator of crimes against humanity and our scientists,” Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said at his weekly press briefing on Tuesday, as reported by the semi-official Iranian PRESS TV.
“We will definitely utilize all our means and capabilities to follow up the case in international legal bodies,” he said.
Iranian officials prominently boasted that intelligence agents rounded up a 10-man spy ring, one day after it showed the picture of a man accused of being a spy. The announcement came on the eve of the assassination of nuclear science lecturer Massoud Ali-Mohammadi last January 12, and official rhetoric but scant details raise questions concerning the veracity of the claim.
Last month, Iran boasted that it had downed U.S. drones, but American officials disputed the claims, saying that if any of its drones were missing, they might have crashed on Iranian soil after a technical failure.
Besides warning Israel that it night be sued, Islamic Republic officials also cautioned Western nations if they “had a hand in such terror efforts is indicative of an ongoing state terrorism.”
"Our neighbors and the regional countries that have ties with the Zionist regime should know that any assistance given to this regime would be viewed as a threat to Iran," Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi told a rare news conference Tuesday
Iran’s Intelligence Ministry charged that Israel's Mossad intelligence agency trained Iranian “spies and terrorists” and that a ring was arrested. It also claimed that the alleged ring use bases in European and non-European countries.
The alleged spies “have confessed to being trained by the Mossad and receiving all of their equipment from that agency," Ismael Kowsari, a member of the National Security Commission of parliament, told Iran's Fars News Agency.
One arrested man regularly traveled to Jerusalem, according to government statements, but they incorrectly described a non-existent location as Israel’s military headquarters where he supposedly met with Mossad agents.
One day before the announcement of the arrest, Iran revealed that a human rights lawyer was sentenced to 11 years in prison.