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Scandinavian Countries Pledge to Face Iranian Threats

Scandinavian Countries Pledge to Face Iranian Threats

Friday, 2 November, 2018 - 10:15
Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen speaks during a news conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, October 30, 2018. Martin Sylvest/Ritzau Scanpix/via REUTERS

Norway recalled its Iranian ambassador on the backdrop of arresting a Norwegian citizen of Iranian origin, suspected of working for the Iranian intelligence. This came hours after a harsh statement by the Scandinavian countries on Thursday pledging to face Iranian threats.

Reliable sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper that the European intelligence bodies have foiled 10 assassination attempts against opposers of the Iranian regime throughout the past year.

In the same context, European media sources said that the Iranian suspect is an IT expert in his thirties and has a link with a cell affiliated with the Iranian intelligence body.

The Scandinavian country's security service said that an Iranian intelligence service is suspected of an attempted political assassination against three Iranians living in Denmark.

"There is a need to show Iran that we are well aware of what took place and that we don't accept it," Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen said Wednesday.

"This is an issue we will be dealing with within the EU, but of course we will work with any other states who are willing to cooperate with us on implementing sanctions against Iran," the Danish Foreign Ministry said.

European Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said that the organization decries any threat to the security of the EU -- British Prime minister Theresa May expressed on Tuesday solidarity of UK with Copenhagen.

“We congratulate the government of Denmark on its arrest of an Iranian regime assassin,” tweeted US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Tehran summoned Wednesday the Danish ambassador to protest over the charges and summoning its ambassador in Copenhagen.

In his post, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif noted “Incredible series of coincidences. Or, a simple chronology of a Mossad program to kill the JCPOA?”

US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Iran accord in May, reimposing sanctions on Iran.

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