Iran arrests 3 accused of links to Israeli Mossad

Tehran, Iran (AP) – Agents of the Iranian intelligence services have arrested three people belonging to a group linked to the Israeli Mossad agency and accused of having participated in the dissemination of classified information, Iranian television reported on Thursday. ‘State.

The report said they were arrested in the southeastern province of Sistan and Balochistan, but did not identify them or how they gained access to classified information.

Iran and Israel have for years accused each other of spying and waging a shadow war. Israel views Iran as its greatest threat and has repeatedly threatened to take military action against Iran to prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons. Iran denies that it seeks such weapons and has pledged to react harshly to any aggression.

In January, Israel said it had taken down an Iranian spy ring that recruited Israeli women through social media to photograph sensitive sites, gather intelligence and encourage their sons to join Israeli military intelligence.

In July, Iran said it arrested members of an armed group linked to the Mossad after crossing into Iran through its western border.

Iran occasionally announces the detention of people it believes are spying for foreign countries, including the United States and Israel.

In 2020, Iran executed a man convicted of leaking information to the United States and Israel about a prominent Islamic Revolutionary Guard general who was later killed by a US drone strike in Iraq.

Iran does not recognize Israel and supports anti-Israeli armed groups throughout the region, such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

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