Iranian diplomat: Check worth $70 million was for Iranian company's construction in Venezuela

Iran's ambassador to Venezuela says a check worth about $70 million found on a former Iranian official in Germany was intended to pay an Iranian company for expenses incurred while building public housing in Venezuela.

Iranian Ambassador Hojattolah Soltani made the remarks Tuesday in an interview with the Venezuelan television channel Globovision.

Soltani said the check for 300 million Venezuelan bolivars was to be used for the expenses of the Kayson Company, a Tehran-based construction business that is building thousands of homes for the Venezuelan government.

The Iranian ambassador noted that the man with the check whom German authorities stopped last month is not currently a government official. Tahmasb Mazaheri is a former chief of Iran's central bank.

Soltani says Mazaheri has been working as an adviser to the Iranian company.