Norway summons Iranian ambassador over alleged murder plot

Pauline Gross
November 4, 2018

Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said Thursday that Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Habibollah Zadeh was informed "that we look at the case with great concern", Norwegian broadcaster NRK said. Vaezi underlined the timing of the claims that came "on the eve of new U.S. sanctions against Iran".

Tehran has summoned the Danish Ambassador to Iran Danny Annan to strongly protest against the political and media reaction of certain Danish officials, said the spokesman of the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday, IRNA reports.

Israeli officials said Wednesday the Mossad intelligence service provided its Danish counterpart with information concerning the alleged plot.

Meanwhile, Denmark said it plans to "reach out" to its European Union allies in hopes of developing a united response to Iran.

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday that his country fully supported Denmark's move in the face of illegal Iranian intelligence activities.

The EU has been trying to save the deal that curbed Iran's nuclear activities in return for lifting global sanctions.

The attack was meant to target the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA), Danish intelligence chief Finn Borch Andersen said.

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ASMLA, which Iran classifies as a terror organization, advocates for an independent Arab state within the Iranian province of Khuzestan.

"We follow [the record] close up with our friends dane and when we know more we will also decide on possible measures" in retaliation, responded with Stefan Löfven, Prime minister of Sweden, the country in which he was arrested on October 21, the agent presumed responsible for the preparation of attacks in Denmark, an Iranian ethnic Norwegian. Tehran calls it a terrorist organisation.

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.

Denmark was looking for Wednesday the support of its eu partners for sanctions against Iran, which he accused of masterminding an operation on its soil aimed against it, while defending the global agreement on nuclear issues with Tehran. The country will react toward Iran and will speak with its European partners about "further steps", he said, without giving details.

"Allegations of sudden Iranian involvement in supposed "plots" are peculiarly timed".

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.

Another Arab opposition group, the Ahwaz National Resistance, and the Islamic State militant group both claimed responsibility for the parade attack, though neither has provided conclusive evidence to back up their claim.

Other reports by GizPress

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