Iran’s top intelligence official on Friday accused Germany and France for the first time of participating in what the Iranian authorities had previously described as an Israeli-British-American plot aimed at assassinating Iranian nuclear scientists.
The intelligence minister, Heidar Moslehi, left, made the accusation during a speech in Tehran, after increasingly bellicose statements by Iran in its dispute with the West over Iran’s nuclear program. He also praised his agents for the breakup, first announced in April, of what Iran has called terrorist spy networks responsible for killing at least five nuclear scientists since 2007.
Iran has said its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, while the United States, the European Union and Israel say it is a cover for developing the capacity to produce weapons. Western sanctions took effect this week against Iran’s oil industry, the country’s economic lifeline.