Denmark recalls ambassador to Iran over alleged foiled ‘attack’
Denmark today recalled its ambassador to Iran after it accused Tehran of plotting a foiled ‘attack’ against three Iranians living in the Scandinavian country. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen told reporters, the planned operation was totally unacceptable, adding he was consulting with partners and allies, including the EU, about possible sanctions on Iran. Earlier today, the head of Denmark’s intelligence service PET, Finn Borch Andersen, said his agency believed the Iranian intelligence service was planning an attack in Denmark” against three Iranians suspected of belonging to the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz. A Norwegian of Iranian origin was arrested on October 21 and placed in custody, suspected of planning the attack and spying for Iran. According to the Swedish security service Sapo, the suspect was detained in Sweden. Iran has denied the Danish allegations, with foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi saying they were part of a European conspiracy against Iran. In late September, Tehran accused Denmark, the Netherlands and Britain of hosting several members of the terrorist group that Iran accuses of being responsible for an attack in the mainly ethnic Arab city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.