Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over foiled attack

“Denmark can in no way accept that people with ties to Iran’s intelligence service plot attacks against people in Denmark,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said. (AP)

Denmark on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to Iran after it accused Tehran of plotting a foiled attack against three Iranians living in the Scandinavian country.

“I have decided to recall Denmark’s ambassador in Tehran for consultations... Denmark can in no way accept that people with ties to Iran’s intelligence service plot attacks against people in Denmark,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told reporters.

The head of Denmark's security service said on Tuesday he suspected an Iranian intelligence service had attempted to carry out an attack on an individual in Denmark.

The attack had meant to target the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), Finn Borch Andersen told a press conference.

Officers had arrested a Norwegian citizen with Iranian background on Oct. 21, he added.

The head of the Police Intelligence Service (PET) Finn Borch Andersen told a press conference that a Norwegian citizen with Iranian roots on October 21 had been arrested for having “Iranian intelligence service able to work in Denmark”.

“In short, it is a case of an Iranian intelligence company that, in our view, planned an attack in Denmark,” he said.
Meanwhile, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen called the suspected planned attacks in Denmark “perfectly unacceptable”.

“The government will react to Iran,” he said.

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