Iran's Intelligence Minister Heidar Moslehi says the British intelligence service used the BBC as a cover for its anti-Iranian activities.
Moslehi told IRNA on Sunday that the intervention of the Intelligence Ministry and the arrest of those cooperating with the BBC were aimed at preventing others from falling into the trap of the British spy agency.
The Iranian minister said that the arrests were made as quickly as possible and marked the beginning of the intelligence ministry's involvement in this case. He warned that his ministry would act decisively and unrelentlessly.
“While claiming to be an independent media they try to use the support of the US and UK governments and international organizations to obstruct Iran ['s path].”
Moslehi warned those planning to or cooperating with the“ anti-Iranian and counterrevolutionary organization” not to fall for its appearance or slogans.
On September 20, Iran's Intelligence Ministry arrested members of an illegal network charged with feeding the UK information under the guise of working for the state-run BBC.
According to an Iranian Intelligence Ministry statement, the members of the network provided the BBC with propaganda subjects to be exploited in psychological warfare by the enemies of Iran and Islam.
The statement added that the members of the network, some of whom have been arrested, carried out anti-Iran missions commissioned by the BBC through illegal underground activities in return for massive sums of money.