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Iran's intelligence minister warned Monday of plots by western spy agencies, including Israel's Mossad, to undermine stability in the Islamic Republic.
"The intelligence services of the US, Israel, Mossad, MI6 and certain regional states are making attempts to challenge the Islamic Republic's security," Iran's Fars news agency quoted Seyed Mahmoud Alavi as saying in a television interview.
Alavi said that the efforts by Israeli and other spy agencies would fail to disturb Iran, "an island of security."
According to Alavi, there are also threats to undermine Iran's security from extremist Sunni Muslim terrorists.
"Fortunately the Iranian security forces' intelligence superiority and efforts thwarted all their plots," he said.
Foreign reports have attributed a number of efforts to sabotage Iran's nuclear program to Israel in recent years.
Iran accuses Israel of being behind the assassination of several scientists
who worked on the Islamic Republic's nuclear program.
Israel's defense minister hinted earlier this month that the Jewish state's intelligence services were behind the rash of killings of Iranian nuclear scientists.
In an interview with the German-language Der Spiegel
, Moshe Ya'alon said that he bore no responsibility "for the life expectancy of Iranian scientists."
"Ultimately it is very clear, one way or another, Iran’s military nuclear program must be stopped,” Ya’alon said. “We will act in any way and are not willing to tolerate a nuclear-armed Iran. We prefer that this be done by means of sanctions, but in the end, Israel should be able to defend itself."