Last update - 17:44 09/01/2007
Report: Iran arrests man suspected of leaking nuclear secrets
Iran has arrested a man suspected of leaking secrets of the country's disputed nuclear activities to an exiled Iranian opposition group, state radio reported on Tuesday.
"The man had handed over classified information, including a bulletin on nuclear activities, to the hypocrites (People's Mujahideen)," state radio said, without giving a source.
The People's Mujahideen, labeled a terrorist group in the European Union and the United States, was the first body to expose Iran's covert nuclear program in 2002.
A leading hardline MP confirmed the arrest. "The man has been working in parliament's research centre since 2001," Ahmad Tavakoli told the semi-official Fars news agency.
"He was gathering and giving information to the terrorist group," he said, adding that the man would be put on trial soon.
Judiciary officials were not immediately available forcomment.
Iranian analysts say the People's Mujahideen lacks support in Iran where few can forgive its siding with Saddam Hussein in the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war.
The United Nations Security Council voted unanimously on December 23 to impose sanctions on Iran's trade in sensitive nuclear materials and technology in an attempt to stop uranium enrichment work that could produce material that could be used in bombs.
Tehran says it is determined to continue its nuclear work, which it says is meant only for producing electricity.
The West suspects Iran's atomic work is part of a veiled nuclear arms program.