Arrests not indicative of Israel raid: IRGC commander

December 1, 2008 - 0:0

The commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Ja'fari

The recent arrest of members of an Israeli espionage network deos not point toward the likelihood of an Israeli raid against Iran.
In an interview with Fars News Agency on Saturday, the commander of Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Ja'fari ruled out as 'erroneous and untrue' analyses alleging that Iran's capture of Mossad collaborators is indicative of an imminent Israeli raid on the country.
Ja'fari stated that IRGC's immediate and effective action in netting the spies exhibited the expertise of the force as to counter-intelligence.
He added that the spy cell had sophisticated equipment and had undergone high-level espionage training. However, vigilant members of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) dismantled the network well before it could attain its heinous goals.
“Subtle tactics were worked out to identify, trace and then disband the team. The operation was so discreet the secret agents were taken by surprise,” Major General Ja'fari highlighted.
Last Monday, the commander told reporters that the security and intelligence division of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) recently identified and smashed a spy network. The network's link with Mossad was established after extensive intelligence and tracking operations.
The network of Israeli collaborators was tasked with gathering information for Israel about nuclear facilities, the IRGC as well as Iranian military and political figures.
The cell members have reportedly confessed to passing several training courses in Israel on bombing methods and terror operations.
Tel Aviv alleges that Tehran, a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), has plans 'to build a nuclear weapon'. In order to provide evidence for the allegation, Israeli spy networks have reportedly been conducting espionage against Iran.
Tehran officials say they seek only the civilian applications of the technology - a claim that has not been refuted by the UN nuclear watchdog.
(Source: Press TV)