A senior Iranian nuclear scientist sought political asylum in Israel, Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara said Saturday.
Kara refused to reveal the scientist's identity and exact role, and also the identity of the mediator who helped him contact Israeli authorities.
Speaking at a panel in Ramat Gan, the deputy minister said the scientist is currently staying in a "friendly country" and that he turned to a Jewish former resident of Iran for assistance. The Jewish female turned to Kara himself, he said.
Kara added that at this stage it was too early to reveal all details of the story.
"I will assist anyone in order to lift the strategic and nuclear threat faced by Israel and by the enlightened democratic world," he said.
Kara's office said that the Jewish woman contacted by the Iranian scientist is an Israeli national of Persian decent who currently lives in central Israel.
"The woman was at the office on Wednesday and spoke to us. The information was handed over to the relevant officials at the Prime Minister's Office for further handling," Kara's office said.