Iran's state media reported Wednesday that authorities have detained two German diplomats and accused them of playing a role in organizing deadly anti-government protests in December.
Germany's Foreign Ministry said it had no knowledge about any diplomats being detained and dismissed accusations that German officials had a hand in the demonstrations and clashes last month that left eight people dead.
Iran's state radio and official IRNA news agency both quoted an unnamed deputy intelligence minister on Wednesday as saying the German diplomats were detained on December 27.
On that day, Iran's opposition supporters clashed with security forces in the capital's streets, hurling stones and setting their motorcycles, cars and vans ablaze.
Authorities tried to disperse the demonstrators with tear gas, baton charges and warning shots. Dozens of police officers were injured, and hundreds of protesters were arrested in the clashes.
The intelligence official claimed the two German diplomats allegedly detained that day were handing out green wrist bands and T-shirts to demonstrators. Green is the color of Iran's opposition.