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Trial of Iran's nuclear spies pending : intelligence minister

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, March 13, IRNA

Iran's Intelligence Minister Ali Younesi said Sunday his ministry had completed its probe into the case of several arrested nuclear spies and submitted its findings to the court for trial.

"This file is completed from the standpoint of the Information (Intelligence) Ministry and its findings have been handed over to the court. We are awaiting the trial of the nuclear spies," he told reporters.

Younesi said last August that his ministry 'has already arrested tens of spies', including several for spying on the country's nuclear program.

"The Information Ministry has arrested several spies who were engaged in transferring Iran's nuclear information (out of the country)," he told reporters at a news conference.

Younesi did not identify those arrested, but stated that members of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which Iran dubs as 'Monafeqin' or hypocrites, have passed the bulk of secrets about Iran's nuclear program to the country's enemies.

"Monafeqin have had the lead role in passing information (about Iran's nuclear facilities) and have already expressed their pride in spying against Iran," he said.

In January, Younesi stated that Tehran 'has fortunately defused all espionage operations of the American and Israeli services', especially on the country's nuclear program.

"All the nuclear spies have been identified and caught," he said.

He made the statements following a report published in the New Yorker magazine, alleging that US operatives were staking out targets inside Iran for future air strikes.

Younesi roundly brushed off the report with a challenge, when he described American commandos as 'chicks'.

"We are eagerly looking for the Americans commandos to come to Iran since they are chicks which would rapidly be picked up by our eagles," he said at a news conference.

Younesi has vowed that his ministry would 'nip any plot in the bud'.

"The Information (Intelligence) Ministry has all affairs under surveillance with full command and it will nip any plot in the bud," Younesi said, adding 'we admit having the best intelligence service in the world now'.

"The Information Ministry, thanks to its enormous experience, is now able to fight out an intelligence battle against the most powerful security establishments of the world.

"And we believe we can win most of those battles," he added.

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