Iran intelligence minister discusses US hikers
Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi
Talking exclusively to Press TV, Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar Moslehi speaks about the arrest of three Americans in the Iranian side of the Iran-Iraq border and other security percussions in the region:
It is quite obvious to us that the three Americans* arrested in Iran last year had links with Western and Israeli intelligence services.
It is up to the judiciary system to decide when and how it will launch its probe into the case because during the investigation process, the judiciary system may have some inquiries which may require follow-ups. We should wait until the judicial authorities announce their conclusions.
We warn regional countries, with good intentions, that they would gain no benefit by cooperating with various intelligence services. We are fully aware of their links [with Western intelligence agencies]. We know exactly what transpires between United States, Mossad and European countries intelligence services and the regional countries. We have very good intelligence and security information about their links and actions.
It is necessary to warn regional countries once again that we have a high-level and acceptable command and dominance over the intelligence developments in the region.
Regarding the arrest of Abdolmalek Rigi**, leader of the Jundallah terrorist group, we devised two diversions in order to divert attention from our main play. Our two diversions run their due courses in a way that the intelligence services would not be aware of our main target. In the mean time certain intelligence services focused their attention on these two diversions.
* Shane Michael Bauer, Joshua Felix Fattal, and Sarah Emily Shourd were arrested in the western Iranian district of Marivan, at Malakh-Khur border point on July 31.
**On February 23, the leader of the Jundallah, Abdulmalek Rigi, was on a flight from the United Arab Emirates to Kyrgyzstan, when he was tracked down and captured by Iranian security forces.