News ID: 233719
Published: 0400 GMT November 02, 2018

Denmark is playing on US turf by leveling allegations against Iran

Denmark is playing on US turf by leveling allegations against Iran

International Desk

The recent baseless allegations made by Denmark against Tehran over a suspected “assassination plot” means Copenhagen is pushing US anti-Iran agendas which aim to throw a wrench  into Iran-EU attempts to find a payment mechanism to salvage the historic Iran nuclear deal, a political expert said.

On October 30, Danish officials claimed a Norwegian suspect of Iranian descent tied to Iran’s intelligence services was behind a plot to assassinate “an Iranian opposition activist” who is also a citizen of Denmark. They presented no evidence.

The alleged plan had meant to target the leader of the Danish branch of a terrorist group that was behind a deadly attack on September 22 during a parade in southwest Iranian city of Ahvaz.

“Denmark’s move is an attempt to damage Iran and the European Union relations to stymie their plans of establishing a financial channel between Iran and the bloc,” Nasrollah Tajik told ISNA on Friday.

The sketchy details of the plan shows that Copenhagen was in hurry to publicize this issue, he said, adding that the US and Israeli immediate support for Denmark is also very “suspicious”.

Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qasemi dismissed the accusations. “This is a continuation of enemies’ plots to damage Iranian relations with Europe at this critical time.”

The fact that Israel has publicly said that it has provided Denmark with a tip indicates that the whole episode “is nothing more than a plot,” Tajik said.

“Denmark is playing on the US-Israel-Saudi Arabia turf. The triangle wants to neutralize the efforts aimed at saving JCPOA and try to cover up the Khashoggi’s case,” he said using the official name of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal; the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke his public silence on Jamal Khashoggi's murder on Friday, saying what happened in the Istanbul consulate was “horrendous”, but the world must focus on Iran.

“The larger problem is Iran and we have to make sure that Iran does not continue the malign activities that it has been doing over the last few weeks in Europe. We have helped uncover two terrorist attacks - one in Paris, and the other one in Copenhagen, organized by the Iranian secret service," he said.

Tajik, who is also a former diplomat, said the Danish government should be held accountable for harboring people responsible for the terrorist attack in Iran, adding that “in fact one of the reasons for the allegations leveled against Iran is to dodge responsibility for the attack.”

“The Danish government should be responsible for its inaction against the so-called Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz and granting residency to its members,” Tajik said.

Last month, Iran summoned the envoys of the Netherlands, Denmark and Britain over the Sept. 22 terrorist attack and conveyed its protest to the three countries for harboring the members of the terrorist group behind the attack.










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