Iran accuses IAEA of sending spies

Ties between Iran and the IAEA have become increasingly strained under agency chief Yukiya Amano as leaked US diplomatic cables portrayed him as "solidly in the US court" on Iran.

Iran accuses IAEA of sending spies

Iran accused the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on Saturday of sending spies from foreign intelligence services to the Islamic state.

Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi made the allegation two days before Iran is due to resume talks with world powers.

"The IAEA has been sending spies working for foreign intelligence organisations among its inspectors, and it should be held responsible," Moslehi was quoted as saying by state broadcaster IRIB.

He was referring to IAEA inspectors who visit Iran regularly to monitor its atomic activities. The IAEA had no immediate comment on the allegation.

Moslehi repeated allegations that the intelligence services of Britain, the United States and Israel were behind the murder of an Iranian nuclear scientist this week, citing confessions from those arrested by Iran over the case.

The scientist, Majid Shahriyari, was killed in a bomb attack on his car on Monday.

"This terrorist act was carried out by intelligence services such as the CIA, Mossad and the MI6," said Moslehi. "A group that wanted to carry out a terrorist act but did not succeed, was also arrested. They confessed that they were trained by these intelligence services."

Iran has accused the United Nations of complicity in the attack and said it considers those countries which had issued U.N. sanctions resolutions against Tehran accountable.

A separate car bomb on Monday wounded another nuclear scientist, Fereydoun Abbasi-Davani, who is subject to U.N. sanctions.

"We consider responsible those who revealed the names of the Iranian nuclear scientists in the U.N. resolutions. They paved the way for this kind of assassination," Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki told a news conference in Manama.

Amano 'solidly in the US court'

Ties between Iran and the IAEA have become increasingly strained under agency chief Yukiya Amano as leaked US diplomatic cables portrayed him as “solidly in the US court” on Iran.

The leaked October 2009 cable was quoted on Wednesday by the Guardian of London, one of a handful of media organizations that received in advance a trove of more than 250,000 classified US State Department documents currently being released by WikiLeaks. The cable reportedly stated: “Amano reminded [the] ambassador on several occasions that he would need to make concessions to the G-77 [the developing countries group], which correctly required him to be fair-minded and independent, but that he was solidly in the US court on every key strategic decision, from high-level personnel appointments to the handling of Iran’s alleged nuclear weapons program.”

Iran has agreed to meet with a representative of world powers in Geneva on Dec. 6-7.


Agencies

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