Iranian Spy Service Suspected of Assassination Plot in Denmark

Cheryl Sanders
November 4, 2018

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said in a statement that Tehran "strongly denied" the allegations, the semi-official Tasnim news agency reported.

On Twitter, the us secretary of State Mike Pompeo had "welcomed" Tuesday, Denmark, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, for the arrest "an assassin of the iranian regime".

The Ministry of foreign Affairs of Denmark, on Tuesday, October 30, chose to withdraw its Ambassador in Iran Danny Annan for consultation.

On Wednesday, Israel's Mossad intelligence service reportedly presented Denmark with information regarding the Tehran's alleged plotted "attack" against three Iranian opposition figures residing in the Scandinavian country.

Uncertainty is clouding Iran-EU ties after Danish officials leveled accusations that an Iranian intelligence organization was behind an attempted assassination in Denmark. Danish police said that the incident was an Iranian assassination attempt.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran over the allegations by Denmark that Iran was planning a terror attack on a dissident living in the European state.

Washington and several European states were part of a nuclear agreement with Iran, until President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the deal earlier this year.

The attack was targeted at the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA), Danish intelligence Chief Finn Borch Andersen said.

A Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent was arrested October 21 on suspicion of helping an unknown Iranian intelligence service "to act in Denmark" and for involvement in planning to kill an opposition member, Borch Andersen said.

The Ahwazi are fighting for a separate state in Arabic-speaking Ahvaz province, with a number of militants attacks launched in Iran - mostly against infrastructure.

He emphasized that these claims are the continuation of plots and conspiracies hatched by known enemies who are against good and expanding Iran-Europe relations at the current sensitive conditions. Back in September, Iran summoned the envoys from the UK, Netherlands and Denmark, after a terrorist attack on a military parade.

"We deplore any threat to EU security and take every incident extremely seriously, and therefore we stand in solidarity with the member state concerned, in this case Denmark", Maja Kocijancic, a spokeswoman for the European Commission, told reporters.

Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on Wednesday met with other Nordic heads of government in the hope of securing a unified response to Iran.

Iran remains the world's leading state sponsor of terrorism, the Trump administration said in an annual report in September.

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