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Iran military official: West used lizards for nuclear spying

AFP  |  Tehran 

The former chief-of-staff of Iran's armed forces said today that Western spies had used lizards which could "attract atomic waves" to on the country's nuclear programme.

Hassan Firuzabadi, to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, was responding to questions from on the recent arrest of environmentalists.

He said he did not know the details of the cases, but that the West had often used tourists, scientists and environmentalists to on

"Several years ago, some individuals came to to collect aid for Palestine... We were suspicious of the route they chose," he told the reformist agency.

"In their possessions were a variety of reptile desert species like lizards, chameleons... We found out that their skin attracts atomic waves and that they were nuclear spies who wanted to find out where inside the Islamic republic of we have uranium mines and where we are engaged in atomic activities," he said.

His comments came after that a leading Iranian-Canadian environmentalist, Kavous Seyed Emami, had died in prison after he was arrested along with other members of his wildlife NGO last month.

The of the Environmental Protection Organisation, Kaveh Madani, was also reportedly detained temporarily over the weekend.

Firuzabadi said Western agencies have "failed every time".

He said another espionage case involved a couple from

"They got them on a fishing boat from and and sent them to the to identify our defence systems," he said.

"But when we arrested them, they said they had come for fishing and were tourists.

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First Published: Tue, February 13 2018. 16:00 IST