Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie stated on Friday that Israel had planned to assassinate president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad around the time of last month's presidential election. The Fars news agency quoted Ejeie as saying that Israeli agents had met members of the exiled Iranian opposition group, People's Mujahedeen of Iran (PMOI), to execute the plan.
"The Zionist regime had met with the hypocrite group (the term Iran uses for the PMOI) on the sidelines of (a meeting in) Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt and in Paris to assassinate Mr. Ahmadinejad," Ejeie was quoted as saying. But the PMOI set some conditions for the job, he noted.
"The hypocrites set some conditions for this job and asked that the US and others remove their name from the black list," Ejeie said. "The enemies even approached the rebels in east of the country to achieve this aim," he added.