But in a move typical of Iranian propaganda efforts, Tehran responded to this news on Thursday by simply denying that it was true. 

Dawn.com quotes Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian as saying,  “The embassy and the cultural and economic centers of Iran and Sudan are continuing with their normal activities in the two countries.” Apparently asserting the authority to speak on behalf of the autonomous Sudanese government, Abdollahian added, “Sudanese authorities would not allow damage to our historic bilateral relations.”

Statements such as these are typical of Iranian narratives that claim universal Muslim solidarity in spite of obvious sectarian conflicts. A post on Wednesday on the Iranian propaganda site Press TV declared that the Sunni militant group ISIS has “no faith,” and is part of a Western conspiracy to “chronically destabilize the Islamic world and undermine the solidarity of Muslims.”