Norwegian-Iranian arrested for assassination plans in Denmark

Police vehicles block the street leading to the Oeresund Bridge near Copenhagen Denmark 28 September 2018. EPA

What Happened: Copenhagen has accused Tehran of attempting to assassinate a member of the Iranian opposition in Denmark and called for EU-wide sanctions against Iran following the arrest of a suspect, the BBC reported October 30.

Danish Prime Minister Lars L√łkke Rasmussen said it was "totally unacceptable that Iran or any other foreign state plans assassinations on Danish soil".

The head of the Danish security service said that a massive police operation in eastern Denmark last month was part of attempts to thwart the Iranian intelligence operation.

"A Norwegian citizen of Iranian background has been arrested", he added, quoted by Swedish media.

As the minister revealed, the arrested Norwegian citizen had denied charges in a court of helping a foreign intelligence service to plan an assassination in Denmark.

During a subsequent press conference, Samuelsen said that Denmark believes the Iranian government was behind the attempted attack, and that the Danish ambassador has been recalled from Iran.

"In this meeting the (senior foreign ministry) official strongly denied the biased reports on a foiled attack plot on an Iranian dissident in Denmark and its attribution to the Islamic republic of Iran", Ghasemi said.

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United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Denmark for arresting the "Iranian regime assassin", further calling on other European nations to follow suit and address what the United States has been decrying since President Donald Trump's entry into the White House that led to the USA withdrawing from the nuclear deal.

In 2017, ASMLA leader Ahmad Mola Nissi was gunned down in the Netherlands by an unidentified assailant in what was widely viewed as a political murder. Annan left Iran on Wednesday, shortly after being summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

Iran's foreign ministry was not immediately available for comment on Tuesday, a public holiday in the Islamic Republic.

Iran, meanwhile, has rejected the notion that it planned the assassination of any Iranians living in Denmark. The European Union, Iran, China and Russian Federation have set out a plan to sidestep those unilateral United States sanctions.

The call for new and concerted action comes at a sensitive time as European Union leaders are seeking to salvage the nuclear deal with Iran that was dumped by President Donald Trump as he prepares to reimpose sanctions next week. The Danish security service then bolstered police protection of the ASMLA leader in Denmark and two associates.

"As the PET boss said earlier today, it has been evaluated that an Iranian intelligence agency has planned an assassination of a person on Danish soil". German police also arrested an Iranian diplomat, based in Austria. All three members of the group live in the Danish city of Ringsted.

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