TEHRAN (Press Shia) – An Iranian Intelligence Ministry official derided Israeli prime minister’s story that his regime’s agents routinely visit Iran for spying on nuclear activities, saying Benjamin Netanyahu is under heavy pressure after revelations that an Israeli minister worked as a spy for Iran.

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In comments on Thursday, director general for counter-espionage at the Iranian Intelligence Ministry rejected Netanyahu’s story that Israeli security directors routinely visit Iran for spying on its nuclear program.

“Netanyahu has the right to invent such stories, because he is under the heaviest internal and foreign pressures in the wake of revelations about an Israeli minister spying for the Islamic Republic of Iran and about the Iranian intelligence organizations’ widespread infiltration into the Zionist regime’s intelligence services,” the Iranian official added.

Netanyahu has recently ordered Shabak (Israel’s security agency) to check on all political, parliamentary and intelligence officials for possible contacts with Iranian intelligence services, the Iranian Intelligence Ministry official said, adding that it reveals the realities that do not need explanations, Press TV reported.

Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that Israeli spies have been working “all over the world in regards to Iran’s nuclear program,” adding, “We also visit there periodically… to ‘catch up,’.”

In June, Israel arrested its former energy minister Gonen Segev on charges of spying for Iran, giving the Islamic Republic information about the regime’s energy sector, security sites and the identity of officials in the security and political establishments, among other things.

Investigators found that Segev had made contact with officials in the Iranian Embassy in Nigeria in 2012.