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Iran accuses Israel of attacking its own missions [Video]

February 13, 2012 | 12:45 pm

After the Israeli prime minister blamed Iran for coordinated attacks Monday on Israeli missions in India and Georgia, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast countered that Israel had bombed its own embassies in New Delhi to "tarnish Iran's friendly ties with the host countries," the state-run Islamic Republican News Agency reported.

The warring allegations follow weeks of high tension between the feuding countries. Israel has been ramping up its threat to attack nuclear development in Iran, Edmund Sanders reported last week for The Times:

It remains unclear whether Israel's unusually public statements about a possible military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities are a bluff designed to spur tougher economic sanctions or a means of preparing the world, politically and psychologically, for what some see as an inevitable confrontation, perhaps as soon as this summer.

Israelis have been fearful they could be targeted abroad. More than a week ago, the Israeli chief of domestic security agency said Iranian agents were trying to hit Israeli targets in Turkey, Thailand and elsewhere to retaliate for alleged killings of Iranian nuclear scientists, Haaretz reported.

Iran has accusations of its own: Tehran believes there is a covert campaign of assassinations run by Israel and the CIA to halt its nuclear ambitions. An Iranian nuclear scientist was killed in a car bombing last month, the fifth time in two years scientists tied to its nuclear research program were targeted, The Times reported.

The Euronews video above includes amateur footage of the vehicle wrecked by a car bomb in New Delhi, as well as video of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calling Iran "the biggest exporter of terror in the world."


Iran nuclear scientist killed in car bombing

Israel's intentions toward Iran remain unclear

Israeli vehicles attacked in New Delhi, Tblisi; 4 hurt in bombing

-- Emily Alpert in Los Angeles

Video: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blames Iran for attacks on Israeli missions in India and Georgia. Credit: Euronews