Iran blames France, Germany for atom scientist hits
Tehran previously accused US, UK, Israel over killings; accusations may hint at infighting over negotiating stance.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters
DUBAI - Iran's spy chief accused German and French intelligence agencies on Friday of involvement in killings of its nuclear scientists, sticking to a hard official line as sanctions imposed over its disputed atomic ambitions bite harder. The Islamic Republic has previously accused Israel, the United States and Britain of plotting the slayings to set back its uranium enrichment program, which Western powers suspect is being used to develop nuclear weapons capability.
Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi spread the blame to France and Germany, after days of hawkish rhetoric and missile tests by Tehran that helped push benchmark Brent crude oil prices above $100 for the first time since June. "In these two networks (involved in the assassinations) we saw connections with the information services in Germany, France, Britain, Israel, the United States and regional intelligence agencies," the state news agency IRNA quoted Moslehi as saying. He did not name the other countries. At least four scientists associated with Iran's nuclear program have been assassinated since 2010, most recently in January this year. Washington has denied any role in the killings, while Israel has declined to comment.
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