0916 GMT October 01, 2020
The reports “are roundly rejected,” the ministry said in a statement, according to Press TV.
Statements released by the ministry’s public relations office are the ultimate source of any official information detailing the operations that are carried out by the ministry’s operatives, the statement asserted.
The ministry announced arresting Jamshid Sharmahd, the ringleader of the Tondar (Thunder) outfit, otherwise known as the so-called “Kingdom Assembly of Iran,” on Saturday, notifying that he had directed "armed operations and acts of sabotage" inside Iran from the US in the past.
Upon arrest, Sharmahd admitted to providing explosives for a 2008 attack in southern Iran that killed 14 people.
“I was called before the bomb was about to be set off,” he was seen confessing in footage provided by the Islamic Republic of Iran News Network later in the day.
The attack that targeted the Seyyed al-Shohada Husseinieh in the city of Shiraz also wounded 215 others.
The Intelligence Ministry said on Saturday said that the terrorist group had plotted several other "big operations" which failed.
It said that Tondar had planned to blow up a dam in Shiraz, use "cyanide bombs" at a Tehran book fair, and plant an explosive device at the mausoleum of the founder of Islamic Republic, Imam Khomeini.
Details of the arrest
Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, meanwhile, congratulated the ministry’s operatives on their success in arresting the terrorist ringleader, detailing the circumstances that surrounded the operation.
Sharmahd enjoyed “serious support” from the American and Israeli intelligence services, which “considered it to be far-fetched for the Iranian Intelligence Ministry to be able to penetrate their intelligence cover and put him under its command through an intricate operation,” the minister said.
The Americans still believe that pictures showing Sharmahd in Iran after his arrest have been snapped outside the Islamic Republic, he added, saying, “They will find out about everything [concerning the operation] in near future.”