1223 GMT January 20, 2019
Earlier on Tuesday the head of Denmark’s intelligence service PET, Finn Borch Andersen, announced that an Iranian intelligence service had tried to carry out a plot to assassinate an Iranian-Arab opposition figure on Denmark’s soil.
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 influence Tehran’s growing relations with European countries, Press TV reported.
He emphasized that these claims are the continuation of plots and conspiracies hatched by known enemies who are against good and expanding Iran-Europe relations at the current sensitive circumstances.
Andersen said that an Iranian-born Norwegian citizen was arrested on October 21 on the accusation of helping an unspecified Iranian intelligence service “to act in Denmark” and on alleged involvement in the assassination plot.
He did not name the suspect but said he has denied wrongdoing and is being held in pre-trial custody until November 8.
Denmark’s ambassador to Tehran, Danny Annan, went to the Iranian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday to hear a protest against Copenhagen’s “hasty” reaction to the allegations, Tasnim News Agency reported.
Qassemi also said on Wednesday that the ambassador visited the Foreign Ministry for a meeting with director of a ministerial department in charge of Northern Europe affairs.
In the meeting, Qassemi added, the Iranian Foreign Ministry official has strongly rejected the allegations raised by Denmark and slammed the move as part of the “seditions and plots hatched by the notorious enemies of the good and growing ties between Iran and Europe in the current special and critical circumstances.”
Denmark’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen summoned the Iranian Ambassador Morteza Moradian to a meeting with the political director of the ministry.