TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran said Tuesday it had arrested a group of spies, including several who passed the country's nuclear secrets to the country's foes, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Intelligence Minister Ali Yunesi did not name any of the arrested but said members of the Mujahedeen Khalq, an armed opposition group, were the main players in the spy operation.
Ministry has arrested several spies who were transferring
"The hypocrites (Mujahedeen) had the leading role in passing information
Khalq claim they were the first to break a story in
August 2003 that
"By resorting to such a hollow show of force, the mullahs are trying, on the one hand, to cover up their drive to acquire nuclear weapons and their violation of international treaties and, on the other hand, to compensate for the blows they have received from the resistance," said Gobadi, whose group calls itself an umbrella for the Iranian resistance movement but is believed to be the political arm of the Mujahedeen Khalq.
Khalq, which seeks to topple
However, fighters from the
armed group are under
Iran has repeatedly said it would not give up its nuclear program, including the right to develop the full nuclear fuel cycle - from extracting uranium ore to enriching it to be used in nuclear reactors - but was ready to provide "guarantees" it won't build atomic weapons.