TEHRAN, July 2 (Mehr News Agency) -- Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei said here on Sunday that the Intelligence Ministry has devised various strategies to combat internal and external measures taken against Iran's Islamic system.
At this juncture, the United States has the greatest motivation to fight against the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mohseni Ejei told reporters at a press conference.
"Despite all the U.S. opposition, Iran has gained military power. Therefore, by training elements inside and outside the country, the U.S. is trying to topple the Islamic Republic.
"But the Intelligence Ministry keeps track of and is ready to deal with all internal and external measures against the Islamic system."
Mohseni Ejei said the government is making serious efforts to materialize its key slogans, including justice and development, "And the Intelligence Ministry, as part of the government, moves in line with these policies."
Pointing to the government's slogan to serve the people, he noted, "We seek to provide people with equal facilities and opportunities, to pay more attention to underprivileged areas, and to take serious steps to solve the unemployment problem."
Through various measures, the enemy is trying to show that the government is inefficient, Mohseni Ejei said.
"But through our organized intelligence activities, we identified the elements and informed the relevant officials.
"We gave warnings to all the people who we thought worked toward this end, either intentionally or unintentionally."
The enemy is outraged over the activities of the Iranian government, the intelligence minister added.
"They are making numerous efforts to foment insecurity and tension in Iran and have allocated a large fund for this purpose, which is beyond the $75 million officially approved by the U.S. administration. They have used much more money than that and have specifically set up educational classes to train spies."
Mohseni Ejei noted that the Intelligence Ministry enjoys great capability in monitoring the activities of spy agencies working against Iran.
"We are currently in a good position in terms of conducting technical intelligence activities and are even aware of some decisions that the enemy makes behind closed doors."
"Our capability in this regard is unbelievable and surprising for the enemies. Therefore, they accuse us of using other countries to help us in our intelligence activities."
"Following the Iranian people's election of President Mahmud Ahmadinejad, who used revolutionary and Islamic slogans, the enemy felt it should reconsider its perception of Iran. Since then, they began sending more spies to Iran than ever before in an attempt to create a crisis in the Islamic Republic."
On the recent arrest of university professor Ramin Jahanbegloo, the intelligence minister noted that Jahanbegloo was arrested on suspicion of assisting the U.S. in its efforts to provoke a velvet revolution in Iran.
However, the Intelligence Ministry has yet to complete its investigations on him, he added.
Pointing to the growing number of weapons smuggled into the country, Mohseni Ejei said that the Intelligence Ministry has arrested over 250 people for attempting to smuggle weapons into Iran and has confiscated 1800 weapons.
In reference to the recent unrest in Khuzestan, Sistan-Balucheshtan, East Azarbaijan, and West Azarbaijan provinces, he said that ethnic groups are not regarded as threats, but, quite the contrary, are thought of as opportunities for the Islamic system.
He went on to say that more attention should be paid to ethnic groups and tribes since the enemy tries to use them to attain their goals.
The U.S. is trying to use ethnic groups and various non-governmental organizations in Iran to fight against the country, Mohseni Ejei added.
"They take various NGO members abroad to educate them. Recently, some people have been officially invited to be trained in the U.S. under the pretext of attending scientific seminars or for business or employment. The initial financial assistance given to them is not enough to arouse the suspicion that they have been invited to be trained as spies."
Elsewhere in his remarks, Mohseni Ejei said that the Economic Department of the Intelligence Ministry has been holding various sessions with cabinet ministers, the heads of the legislative and judicial branches of government, and MPs in an effort to fight economic corruption.
Intelligence Ministry officials have also held meetings with private sector investors in line with the government's policy to support investment in various economic sectors such as agriculture and industry, he added.
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