TEHRAN, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The Iranian intelligence minister said on Sunday that a "terrorist team linked to Israel" was arrested on Iran's western border, according to the Mizan news agency of the Iranian judiciary.
Esmaeil Khatib made the remarks at a conference in Iran's northeastern city of Mashhad, elaborating on the achievements of the Iranian security and intelligence forces in foiling hostile plots against the country's national security.
He added the "terror" group had entered the country through the western border, without revealing the timing of the arrest or giving any other detail.
The minister warned that any attempt to cause insecurity in Iran or along the country's borders will receive a "decisive and crushing" response from the Iranian armed forces and security apparatuses.
Khatib expressed hope that Iran would be able to ensure full security along the western border and prevent the recurrence of such incidents in cooperation with the Iraqi government.
Israeli media, including the Times of Israel and the Jerusalem Post, reported the Iranian minister's remarks. The Israeli authorities have yet to respond to it.