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Following Foiled Terror Attack, Denmark Recalls Ambassador from Iran, Pushes for Sanctions

After saying that Denmark would take “further steps” in response to a foiled Iranian terror plot on its territory, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen said that his country would recall its ambassador to Iran and push for new EU-wide sanctions against the Islamic Republic, Reuters reported Tuesday.

Samuelsen made his remarks at a press conference. He also said that he believed that the Iranian government was behind the attempt to kill the leader of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahwaz (ASMLA), a separatist movement for the Arabs living in the oil-rich southwestern part of Iran.

It was reported earlier that a Norwegian citizen of Iranian extraction was arrested on October 21 in connection with the plot. He was arrested in Sweden and later extradited to Denmark.

Reuters also reported on Tuesday that Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen termed the attempted attack “totally unacceptable” and that British Prime Minister Theresa May had expressed her support for Denmark.

Iran’s Tasnim News Agency quoted Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bassem Qassemi as denying the charges, saying, “This is a continuation of enemies’ plots to damage Iranian relations with Europe at this critical time.”

Iran has been accused in the past of planning terror attacks, especially targeting opponents of the regime, on European soil. In November of last year, an advocate for Iranian-Arabs was fatally shot in the Hague. In 2012, an al Qaeda terrorist testified in court that Iran facilitated the travel of  him and his accomplices to carry out terror attacks in Europe.

In one of the most notorious of these cases, in 1992 Iranian agents entered a Berlin restaurant and killed three Kurdish activists and wounded several others in a hail of gunfire. The conviction of the assassins, who were tied to the regime, led to a rupture in relations between Germany and Iran.

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