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Iran Says 10 Held in Scientist Death Linked to Israel

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Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- Iran arrested 10 people linked to Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency who were involved in the killing of an Iranian scientist, Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi said.

Moslehi warned today that neighboring countries and others in the Middle East against cooperating with Israel, saying such acts would “harm regional security,” according to the report by the state-run Mehr news agency.

The scientist, Massoud Ali-Mohammadi, a professor of elementary particle physics, was killed by a bomb outside his Tehran home in January 2010. He was a member of a regional scientific project known as Sesame, which includes Israel as a member, according to the project’s website.

Majid Shahriari, a scientist involved in Iran’s nuclear program, died in a Tehran bombing Nov. 29. He also had been part of Sesame, local media said at the time. A second blast in the capital on the same day injured Fereydoun Abasi, a physicist who was linked to the nuclear program in a 2007 United Nations resolution imposing sanctions on Iran.

Iran is under international pressure over its nuclear program, which the U.S. and allies say is a cover for building atomic weapons. Iran rejects the claim and says it needs nuclear technology to secure energy for its growing population.

Israeli officials declined to respond to the Iranian report. “It is not our practice to comment on such allegations,” Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev said.

Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, said in November that Iran should know that “all options are on the table” to halt the program.

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Tehran at lnasseri@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Maher Chmaytelli at mchmaytelli@bloomberg.net.

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