Iran's foreign minister blamed the United States and Europe for funding and protecting terrorists Saturday following the arrest of the leader of a US-based anti-regime group.
The IRIB news reported that the ringleader, Jamshid Sharmahd, who headed an armed act of sabotage in Iran, is now in custody of Iran's intelligence forces.
Tondar, aka the Soldiers of the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, aka the Kingdom Assembly of Iran, is a royalist group seeking to enact regime change in Iran and to restore the monarchy that ruled the country prior to the Revolution of 1979.
Iran has claimed the arrest of the head of a US-based monarchist group that it blames for a 2008 attack in the city of Shiraz.
He was responsible for 2008 blast in Seyyed al-Shohada Mosque in Shiraz which left 14 people martyred and 215 other injured.
In 2019, Iran executed three men convicted of involvement in the 2008 bombing.
It said they had been taking orders from an Iranian US-backed "CIA agent" to try to assassinate a high-ranking official in Iran.
Officials said the group is suspected of planning other, unspecified attacks as well.
The statement issued on Saturday said that Tondar had plotted several other "big operations" which failed.
It said Iranian intelligence aborted several other plots in more recent years, including one to blow up the shrine of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the late founder of the Islamic Republic.
Sharmahd last appeared in an online livestream video December 29, according to his group's website, speaking in Farsi while sitting in a black chair in front of a black background.
Iran's Defense Ministry said the Etka company has opened the supermarket in Caracas offering Iranian products.
Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi later appeared on state TV himself in the studio, saying Sharmahd had been arrested in Iran, without elaborating.
Ruhollah Zam, described as a "counter-revolutionary" by Iranian authorities, was sentenced to death last month over "corruption on earth".
Zam, who reportedly lived in exile in Paris, ran a channel on the Telegram messaging application called Amadnews and was accused of sparking unrest during anti-government protests in 2017-18.
Abdolmalek Rigi was arrested while on a flight from Dubai to Kyrgyzstan, when Iranian warplanes forced the plane he was travelling on to land in Iran.