Speaking to FNA about NATO's $184 million plan to upgrade Shindand Air Base in Western Afghanistan and 20 miles from the Iranian border, Javid Kohestani said, "The NATO member states are reconstructing the base in a bid to harm the Islamic Republic of Iran and to spy against Iran."
He recalled previous reports about the deployment of Israeli forces in Shindand base, and noted, "Accordingly, the reconstruction of the base by the NATO is considered as one of the NATO's clandestine programs to harm the Islamic Republic of Iran and promote Israel's spying activities in the region."
Kohestani believes that the base has been handed to Israel for conducting sabotage operations in Iran's eastern regions.
The United States and NATO have 150,000 troops in Afghanistan, following a military surge ordered by President Barack Obama.
Senior Iranian security officials have always underlined that the terrorists who carried out terrorist attacks in Iran's Southeastern province of Sistan and Balouchestan had certainly been funded by certain foreign countries.
The Iranian officials also noted that the confessions made by Abdolmalek Rigi, the Pakistan-based Jundollah terrorist group's ringleader, before his execution, unveiled the United States' widespread support for waging an insurgency against the Islamic Republic.
Rigi's confessions proved that the US, Zionists and some European countries were directly linked with the terrorist attacks in Eastern regions, because he had confessed that the US wants bomb attacks to be carried out across Iran.