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Iran Accuses Israel of 'War Games' in Tehran

Iran has accused Israel of conducting “war games” in Tehran in a letter of complaint to the United Nations Security Council.
By Chana Ya'ar
First Publish: 2/23/2012, 9:37 AM

Mohammed Khazaee and Ban Ki-moon
Mohammed Khazaee and Ban Ki-moon
United Nations official website

Iran has accused Israel of conducting “war games” in Tehran in a letter of complaint to the United Nations Security Council.

Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations, Mohammad Khazaee, charged in the letter filed Wednesday that Israel was “assassinating our nuclear scientists as part of its war games.” He also denied that his country has been involved in the recent rash of terror attacks on Israeli diplomats and embassies around the world.

Iran “categorically rejects the allegations concerning any involvement of its officials or organs whatsoever in alleged recent terrorist operations against Israeli targets in a number of countries, namely Thailand, India, Georgia or Azerbaijan,” the envoy wrote. Instead, he contended, Iran has “suffered from terrorist acts including assassinations of her nuclear scientists due to the tacit and explicit support extended by the Israeli regime to terrorist groups. These operations, as well as attributing the violent acts, are part of the general war game waged by this regime against Iran.”

The ambassador added in his letter that Israel has been “emboldened” to continue its activities, and to “even increase its blatant defiance of the most basic and fundamental principles of international law and the United Nations Charter.”

Last week, the wife of Israel's defense attache in New Delhi was seriously injured in a bombing attack on an Israeli embassy car. She and her Indian driver, along with two other Indian nationals, narrowly escaped death by leaping from the car before it burst into flames.

Also last week, terrorists attempted to attack an Israeli diplomat to Georgia in the capital, Tbilisi, but failed when the alert driver stopped the car upon hearing an unfamiliar noise and discovered the explosive.

That same week in Bangkok, Thailand, three terrorists used cheap portable radios to hide one bomb and parts for other explosives intended for use against Israelis, according to a report broadcast on the U.S.-based ABC News Tuesday night.

The botched bomb plot unraveled when the explosives blew up in the house being rented by the terrorists. The Iranians fled, one carrying two bombs they had managed to assemble. Saeid Moradi was caught by police when he hurled one bomb at a taxi that eluded him, and then the second, which bounced off a nearby truck and exploded, blowing off his legs.

Israel blamed Iran for all three attacks and filed a complaint with the United Nations, while security officials warned Israelis around the world to remain vigilant in the face of the latest obvious threat.

In January, Azerbaijani officials announced they had uncovered an Iranian-linked Muslim terrorist cell that plotted to assassinate Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries who teach at the Chabad Jewish school in Baku. It was later reported that terrorists arrested in the case were plotting to attack the Israeli Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Michael Lotem, as well.

Local Azerbaijani police this week arrested members of the Iranian intelligence service and a Hizbullah terrorist cell, all of whom held Iranian passports, according to a report Tuesday on Israel's Channel 2 News.