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Denmark Recalls Ambassador From Iran Following Foiled Attack Plot

Denmark Recalls Ambassador From Iran Following Foiled Attack Plot”

Andersen revealed on Tuesday that a massive police operation that cut off Copenhagen from the rest of Denmark for several hours last month was triggered when police noticed a stolen, Swedish-registered auto near the home of an Iranian opposition activist.

According to statement from the ministry, the Danish ambassador met with a senior official for European affairs at the foreign ministry Wednesday morning.

Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said on Twitter that the reported attack plot was "completely unacceptable".

A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background was arrested in Sweden on October 21 in connection with the plot and extradited to Denmark, Swedish security police said.

The foreign ministry also summoned Iran's ambassador in Copenhagen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at the time that Israel was "determined to halt Iran's military entrenchment in Syria and the attempts.to transfer to (Iranian-backed) Hezbollah, lethal weaponry (to be used) against Israel".

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Tuesday that the publication of such "spiteful" media reports and its attribution to Iran is a plot by enemies to affect Tehran's growing relations with European countries.

The US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, congratulated Denmark on arresting "an Iranian regime assassin". Denmark will discuss further actions with European partners in the coming days.

Arabs are a minority in Iran, and some see themselves as under Persian occupation and want independence or autonomy.

The Danish ambassador was later recalled from Tehran, he revealed. Denmark has been in contact with other countries regarding Iranian activities in Europe and the issue will be brought before the EU.

Andersen said the arrested Norwegian denied charges in court of helping a foreign intelligence service plot an assassination in Denmark.

Borch Andersen told reporters that the temporary closure of bridges and the halting of ferry services to neighbouring Germany and Sweden at the end of September were part of the local Danish police's attempts to foil the plot.

Three members of ASMLA remain under Danish police protection, as the "threats have not been eliminated", Andersen said. Back in September, Iran summoned the envoys from the UK, Netherlands and Denmark, after a terrorist attack on a military parade.

Iran accused the three countries of harboring Iranian opposition groups.

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) armed group and a separatist Arab group claimed responsibility.

On Friday, France expelled an Iranian diplomat over a bomb plot against a rally organised by Iranian opposition groups, diplomatic and security sources said.



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