The suspects have been held in captivity for the past three months after being arrested on charges of for conspiring to carry out assassinations in the Islamic Republic.
By Erin Viner
“The three were planning to assassinate our nuclear scientists according to intelligence assessments,” judiciary official Mehdi Shamsabadi was cited by the IRNA state news agency as saying.
According to an announcement by the country’s semi-official Fars news agency on 20 April, the suspects were apprehended in Iran’s southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchistan.The statement did not specify the nationalities of the detainees.
Announcement of the impending trial comes amid rising tensions between Tehran and arch-foe Israel, as well as other member states of the international community.
Talks in Vienna between Tehran and world powers to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) have stalled since March. The 2015 deal was aimed at curbing Iranian nuclear development in exchange to the lifting of American sanctions, which were reimposed Iran after former United States President Donald Trump withdrew from the JCPOA in 2018. Since that time, the Islamic Republic has openly breached limits of the deal including escalated uranium enrichment, and has been censured by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for failing to account for uranium traces found at undeclared sites.
The Ayatollah regime has repeatedly vowed to annihilate the Jewish State.
Israel regards the prospect of Iran developing nuclear weapons as a threat to its existence. Leaders of the Jewish State have long maintained that unilateral action could be undertaken to prevent Iran from developing atomic bombs should the international community fail to do so.