Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over foiled 'attack'

Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over foiled 'attack'

The Foreign Ministry says it will be discussing "the issue of an Iranian intelligence agency's illegal activities in Europe" with worldwide allies.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told reporters Tuesday that Danish authorities have reason to believe Iranian officials are behind the assassination plans.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen described the attempted "assassinations" as "totally unacceptable" and stressed that "further actions against Iran will be discussed in the [European Union]".

Denmark said on Tuesday it suspected an Iranian government intelligence service had tried to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure on its soil.

A Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin was arrested in Sweden on 21 October in connection with the alleged plan.

The Danish foreign ministry also held a meeting with Iran's ambassador to Denmark on Tuesday.

Samuelsen said in a ministry statement today: 'The government will respond to Iran and is speaking with European partners on further measurements.

During a televised press conference, Borch Andersen noted that Iran already was suspected of targeting opposition groups overseas.

Denmark has taken drastic diplomatic steps following the national intelligence agency PET's claims that Iran planned an assassination on Danish ground recently.

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Borch Andersen said Denmark has worked and is working "with a series of partners in Europe on the case but stopped short of saying who they were". The Arab minority in Iran, populated mainly by ethnic Persians.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US stood behind Denmark.

Tehran summoned diplomats from Denmark, the Netherlands, and Britain for allegedly hosting members of groups suspected of links to government resistance.

Ghasemi earlier called the Danish allegations "a continuation of conspiracies by the enemies of good and developing relations between Iran and Europe".

PET's announcement ended weeks of media speculation about why Denmark shut down bridges to Sweden and ferries for several hours on September 28 in a massive manhunt that mobilized hundreds of police and the military.

Three members of ASMLA are still under Danish police protection, as the "threats have not been eliminated, " the PET chief said.

In 2017, ASMLA leader Ahmad Mola Nissi was gunned down in the Netherlands by an unidentified assailant in what was widely viewed as a political murder.

Denmark has accused Iran of attempting to kill a group of Arab nationalists in a town near Copenhagen. The three countries were accused of harboring "members of the mercenary terrorist group", who conducted the attack.

The Islamic State jihadist group and a separatist Arab group claimed responsibility.

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