Iranian Intelligence Minister Seyed Mahmoud Alawi said that while Islamic State, which has proclaimed a caliphate across northern Iraq and Syria, was threatening the national interests of Iran, but his ministry had a handle on the group’s plots.

Tehran was aware of the jihadist group’s activities and was cooperating with countries battling the group, Alawi told journalists at a press conference in the Iranian capital on Tuesday.

Iran’s intelligence community has assisted Iraq and Syria since the advance of Islamic State began. […]