The Daily Star (Lebanon)

Norway summons Iran envoy over alleged assassinat­ion plot

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OSLO: Norway summoned the Iranian ambassador Thursday over a suspected assassinat­ion plot against an Iranian Arab opposition figure in Denmark involving a Norwegian citizen of Iranian background.

Denmark said Tuesday it suspected the Iranian government intelligen­ce service had tried to carry out an assassinat­ion on its soil. It is now calling for fresh European Unionwide sanctions against Iran.

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

“During the meeting we underlined that the activity, that has come to light through the investigat­ion in Denmark, is unacceptab­le,” Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement. “We see the situation that has arisen in Denmark as very serious and that a Norwegian citizen of Iranian background is suspected in this case.”

The attack was meant to target the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz, Danish intelligen­ce chief Finn Borch Andersen said.

ASMLA seeks a separate state for ethnic Arabs in Iran’s oil-producing southweste­rn province of Khuzestan. Arabs are a minority in Iran, and some see themselves as under Persian occupation and want independen­ce or autonomy.

The Norwegian citizen has denied the charges and the Iranian government has also denied any connection with what Norway suspects is a plot. –

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