Iran summons Azeri envoy over Mossad allegations

By BY NASSER KARIMI | February 12, 2012 | 11:15 AM EST

Visiting Hamas prime minister from Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, gestures as he delivers his speech in front of portraits of late Iranian revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, left, and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at a rally in Tehran, on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, marking the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution that toppled the country's pro-Western monarchy and brought Islamic clerics to power. Haniyeh addressed the crowd, congratulating Iranians on the 1979 anniversary and vowing that his militant Palestinian group would never recognize Iran's and Hamas' archenemy, Israel. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state-run news agency says the country's foreign ministry has summoned Azerbaijan's ambassador to protest alleged Israeli intelligence activity in the oil-rich Caucasian state.

The Sunday report by IRNA says that the ministry handed a protest note to Azeri envoy Javanshir Akhundov and demanded that his government prevent Mossad from using its territory to launch operations against Iran.

The report said "terrorists" linked to the killings of Iranian nuclear scientists escaped to Israel through Azerbaijan.

Iran has frequently accused Israel of having a hand in the assassination of scientists such as Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan, killed by a bomb in January.

Israel has hinted at covert campaigns against Iran without directly admitting involvement.