In Iran, four people have been arrested for attempting to sabotage a nuclear site, according to the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation. He added that the activities of the four had been monitored for some time before the arrest.
The announcement came on the heels of moves by Iran to ease international tensions over its nuclear programme. Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani telephoned US President Barack Obama to discuss the matter.
Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a television interview: “Iran’s peaceful nuclear programme should continue, and at the same time the West should be assured that the programme has peaceful purposes and will not be used to make weapons. I call this a win-win proposal.”
Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei has endorsed the President’s overtures to the US, whilst maintaining that Iran “puts no trust” in the US government. A new round of international negotiations is due to begin next week.