'Iran arms runners' held in Italy

Two Iranians and five Italians have been arrested by Italian police on suspicion of trafficking arms to Iran, anti-terror police say.

Two more Iranian suspects are currently in Iran, Italian officials say.

Italy's anti-terrorist prosecutor Armando Spataro said the two Iranians arrested in Italy worked for the Iranian government.

He said they were accused of exporting arms and armament systems, and breaking a UN arms embargo on Iran.

"It is an investigation of considerable importance because it concerns the entire international community," said Mr Spataro of the nine-month operation, codenamed Sniper.

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