30 Sep 2013

Iranian spy arrested by Israel

12:32 pm on 30 September 2013

Israel says it has arrested an Iranian spy who was carrying photographs of the American embassy in Tel Aviv.

The Shin Bet intelligence service disclosed on Sunday that a Belgian man of Iranian origin was arrested on 11 September on suspicion of spying.

Ali Mansouri, 50, entered Israel under the name Alex Mans and was sent by Iran's Revolutionary Guard elite Quds force, a Shin Bet statement said.

He was detained at Ben Gurion airport at the end of a five-day trip, during which he had photographed the roof of the US embassy in Tel Aviv, the statement said.

The BBC reports Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is due to meet President Brarack Obama in Washington on Monday to discuss Iran's nuclear programme and a diplomatic charm offensive conducted by President Hassan Rouhani, who spoke to Mr Obama by phone on Friday while in New York at the United Nations.

Mr Netanyahu, who will meet Mr Obama on Monday and address the UN on Tuesday, said he would "tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk".

Israel and the West suspect Iran is trying to build a nuclear bomb. Tehran denies this.