Iran has lengthy accused Israel of finishing up assaults in opposition to its nuclear websites and assassinations of key figures.
Iran’s intelligence ministry has introduced the arrest of a community of brokers linked to Israel’s Mossad who entered Iran to hold out assaults in opposition to “delicate” websites, state media reported.
The suspects entered Iran from northern Iraq, however have been arrested earlier than they have been in a position to perform sabotage and “terrorist operations”, IRNA mentioned on Saturday, citing an announcement from the ministry.
The announcement by Iran’s intelligence ministry got here amid heightening tensions with regional rival Israel over Tehran’s nuclear programme.
“This community’s members have been involved with [Israel’s] Mossad spy company via a neighbouring nation and entered Iran from [Iraq’s] Kurdistan area with superior gear and powerful explosives,” IRNA cited the ministry as saying.
The assertion didn’t say what number of suspects have been arrested or give their nationalities, nor did it determine the targets of the purported plots.
“The members of the community … meant on carrying unprecedented terrorist actions in some delicate places and pre-determined targets,” it mentioned.
The Israeli prime minister’s workplace, which oversees Mossad, declined to remark.
Iran and Israel have been engaged in a years-long shadow warfare, with the Iran accusing its rival of finishing up sabotage assaults in opposition to its nuclear websites and assassinations of key figures, together with scientists.
However tensions have ratcheted up following a string of high-profile incidents that Tehran has blamed on Israel.
Iran has blamed Israel for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Colonel Sayyad Khodaei at his Tehran house on Could 22.
Two different senior Revolutionary Guard members have additionally died – one in a reported accident and the opposite in a taking pictures – earlier this 12 months.
In April, Iran mentioned it arrested three folks linked to Mossad and a month earlier claimed it had foiled an assault on a nuclear plant additionally deliberate by suspects linked to Israel.
Earlier this month, US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid signed a joint pledge to disclaim Iran nuclear arms. Tehran has mentioned its nuclear programme is peaceable and has denied in search of nuclear weapons.