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Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over alleged foiled 'attack'

02 November 2018

Prior to that, Danish police reported that the Iranian intelligence services were suspected of an attempted attack on individuals in Denmark, adding that a Norwegian citizen with the Iranian background was arrested on October 21.

The person had, among others, been seen taking photos of the residences of members of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA) in Ringsted, almost 60 kilometers (37 miles) southwest of Copenhagen.

Denmark has accused Iran's intelligence agencies of planning to assassinate an Iranian activist on Danish soil.

Iran's foreign ministry was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in the Islamic Republic.

"In light of the latest development, Denmark will now push for a discussion in the European Union on the need for further sanctions against Iran", Mr Samuelsen said.

"The Danish ambassador arrived at the foreign ministry this morning", foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said in a statement, saying he met with a senior official for European affairs. The group is classified as a terrorist organization by the Iranian government.

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

Denmark's Prime Minister, Lars Lokke Rasmussen, said they would discuss the matter with European partners. The Arab minority in Iran, populated mainly by ethnic Persians.

On November 5, U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil exports are set to go into effect while the EU, China and Russian Federation are still scrambling to establish a payment system outside of the United States financial system. "Obviously, we can't and won't accept that", Andersen told a news conference.

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.

Samuelsen said that recalling an ambassador was unusual and it had been done by the Danes perhaps only once before.

A few days earlier, the Norwegian suspect had been observed photographing and watching the Denmark home of the ASMLA leader, police 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. The Danish security service then bolstered police protection of the ASMLA leader in Denmark and two associates. Back in September, Iran summoned the envoys from the UK, Netherlands and Denmark, after a terrorist attack on a military parade. All three members of the group live in the Danish city of Ringsted.

France accused Tehran this month of orchestrating an abortive attempt to bomb an exiled opposition group's rally in Paris.

Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over alleged foiled 'attack'