DUBAI - Iran on Tuesday denied involvement in a plot to derail a passenger train in Canada that police say was backed by al-Qaida elements based in Iran.
Canadian police said there was no indication that the plot was sponsored by the Iranian state, with which Canada severed diplomatic relations last year.
Iran nevertheless reacted angrily.
"No shred of evidence regarding those who've been arrested and stand accused has been provided," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said, according to the Mehr news agency.
He said al-Qaida's beliefs were in no way consistent with the Islamic Republic, and that Iran opposed "any kind of violent action that endangers lives".
"In recent years, Canada's radical government has put in practice a project to harass Iran and it is clear that it has pursued these hostile actions," he added.