Iran says US-backed group planned attack on Russian consulate

Iran's state-owned newspaper says a group Teheran has accused of bombing a mosque in the country last month and of having ties to the US and Britain also planned to attack a Russian consulate. The IRNA daily quotes Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehi as saying the group planned to bomb the consulate in Rasht city in northern Iran to strain ties between Iran and Russia. Thursday's report quotes Ejehi as saying the group received support from people in the US but without providing additional details about the group or its supporters. Iran has repeatedly accused both the US and Britain of backing groups to destabilize the government. They have denied the accusations.