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Iran detains `10 nuclear spies'

TEHERAN, DEC. 22. Iran has arrested more than 10 people on charges of revealing its nuclear secrets to Israeli and U.S. intelligence agencies, the Intelligence Minister, Ali Yunesi, said.

Mr. Yunesi said they were detained in Teheran and in the southern Hormozgan province during the Iranian year that began March 21, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

``These people were spying for Mossad and CIA,'' IRNA quoted Mr. Yunesi as saying. He was referring to the Israel's external secret service and the Central Intelligence Agency.

The U.S. accuses Iran of running a secret programme to build a nuclear bomb.

The Minister said the identity of those detained will not be revealed before they stand trial but said three of them were employees of the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran and the rest were not government employees.

They are now in the hands of the Revolutionary Court, which deals with security crimes.

AP

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