Published On: Fri, Jun 15th, 2012

Iran arrests assassins of nuclear scientists claiming ties to Israel spy network

Iran has arrested a number of chief suspects in the assassinations of two of its nuclear scientists, state media reported Thursday.

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The reports claim that the suspects have direct ties with Israel, alleging that they were “hired by an Israeli spy network,” Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported.

A statement from the intelligence ministry stated that, “the main elements behind the killings… werearrested and moved to detention.”

It provided no details as to the number of suspects, their identities, nationalities, or when and where they were arrested.

The report stated, however, that further information would be made public once it was declassified.

The ministry said the suspects were believed to be involved in the murders of Majid Shahriari, a key member of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization (AEOI), who was killed on November 29, 2010, and Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, a deputy director of the Natanz nuclear enrichment facility, and his bodyguard, killed on January 11, 2012.

Tehran has accused both Israel and the United States of plotting the assassinations in an attempt to obstruct its nuclear program. The U.S. has denied involvement and Israel has declined to comment.

Last month, authorities hanged Jamal Fashi, 24, for the murder of Massoud Ali-Mohammad, in January 2010 – check out that story here.

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