The Iranian Foreign Ministry has summoned the Danish ambassador to Tehran to express the Islamic Republic’s strong protest to “rash, politicized” remarks by certain officials of the European country over an alleged thwarted assassination plot.
Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said Wednesday that the head of the first office of Nordic affairs at the Iranian Foreign Ministry met Danny Annan earlier in the day to convey Iran’s strong protest to reports about the arrest of a Norwegian citizen of Iranian background over his alleged involvement in a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure on Denmark’s soil.
During the meeting, the Iranian Foreign Ministry official categorically rejected reports of such a plot and Iran’s involvement as “spiteful” and said such reports were in line with plots and schemes by those against the good, growing relations between Iran and Europe at the current sensitive circumstances and warned about the repercussions of any injudicious and controversial measure, Qassemi said.
Qassemi added that the Danish envoy said in the meeting that he had been recalled by his respective country for consultations and that he would deliver Iran’s protest to officials in Copenhagen.
On Tuesday, Danish intelligence chief Finn Borch Andersen claimed that an Iranian intelligence service had tried to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian Arab opposition figure on Denmark’s soil.
He said the suspect was arrested on October 21 on the accusation of helping an unspecified Iranian intelligence service “to act in Denmark” and on alleged involvement in the assassination plot.
He, however, did not name the suspect but said he had denied any wrongdoing and was being held in pre-trial custody until November 8.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that the publication of such “spiteful” media reports and its attribution to Iran was a plot by enemies to affect Tehran’s growing relations with European countries.
Later on Tuesday, Denmark said it is recalling its ambassador to Iran and will push for fresh EU-wide sanctions against Iran.