Norway summons Iranian ambassador over Denmark assassination plan
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Norway summons Iranian ambassador over Denmark assassination plan

Suspect in alleged plot against Iranian opposition activist is a Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent

Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide during a lunch at the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 6, 2018 (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
Norwegian Foreign Minister Ine Marie Eriksen Soreide during a lunch at the government house in Buenos Aires, Argentina, March 6, 2018 (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — Norway’s foreign minister has summoned Iran’s ambassador to Norway in for talks in connection with Danish allegations about an Iranian plot to kill an opposition activist in Denmark.

Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide said Thursday that Iranian Ambassador Mohammad Hassan Habibollah Zadeh was informed “that we look at the case with great concern,” Norwegian broadcaster NRK said.

A suspect in the case, a Norwegian citizen of Iranian descent, was arrested October 21 in Sweden, extradited to Denmark, and is being held in pre-trial custody there until November 8.

He has denied any wrongdoing.

Denmark’s intelligence agency says a police operation last month that briefly cut off Copenhagen from the rest of Denmark stemmed from an alleged Iranian plot to kill an opposition activist.

Denmark on Tuesday recalled its ambassador to Iran over the incident.

Israeli officials said Wednesday the Mossad intelligence service provided its Danish counterpart with information concerning the alleged plot.

In late September, Tehran accused Denmark, the Netherlands, and Britain of “hosting several members of the terrorist group” the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz. Iran accuses the group of being responsible for an attack in the mainly ethnic Arab city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.

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