Iran on Saturday denied being involved in a plot to carry out attacks in Denmark and accused the “Zionist regime” of trying to torpedo Tehran’s relations with the European Union, reported the ISNA news agency.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to his Danish counterpart Anders Samuelsen, saying, “We see in this case a clear attempt by the Zionist regime (Israel) to torpedo relations between Iran and the EU.”
Zarif added that Iran will help Denmark investigate the case, arguing that it is important to get to the bottom of this “conspiracy.”
Denmark on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to Iran after it accused Tehran of plotting a foiled “attack” against three Iranians living in the Scandinavian country, AFP reported.
The three Iranians are suspected of belonging to the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz, which is one of the groups to have claimed an attack on a military parade in Ahvaz in southwestern Iran in September.
“I have decided to recall Denmark’s ambassador in Tehran for consultations… Denmark can in no way accept that people with ties to Iran’s intelligence service plot attacks against people in Denmark,” Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen was quoted as having told reporters.
“It is the Iranian government, it is the Iranian state that is behind” the plot, Samuelsen added.
He also said that he was consulting with “partners and allies”, including the EU, about possible sanctions.
Earlier on Tuesday, 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 21st for allegedly planning the attack and spying for Iran, according to the report.
The suspect was detained in the southwestern Swedish city of Goteborg.
Israeli media outlets later reported that Israel’s Mossad agency had played a key role in foiling the Iranian assassination plot in Denmark.
Zarif fired back by claiming that Israel was trying to incriminate his country. He also accused the Mossad of running a “program to kill the JCPOA”, a reference to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action which is the official name of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. (INN)
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