Iran to review intelligence and security cooperation with European Union: Source
Well-informed diplomatic sources are saying Tehran will make big decisions about intelligence and security cooperation with Europe after EU's alleged claims against Iran and imposition of sanctions on Iran.
Iran Press/Europe: According to the source, following the European Union’s measure to sanction an intelligence agency and two individuals from Iran, six ambassadors and charge d'affaires of the European countries were summoned to the foreign ministry on Wednesday, Iran Press reported.
"The EU ambassadors were trying to justify the EU’s action, but because of their using ‘inappropriate’ language and also since their explanations were not acceptable, they faced a harsh response from the Iranian side and the meeting ended in less than 10 minutes," the source added.
The anonymous diplomat added: "In view of European countries’ support for well-known terrorist groups and sheltering of known terrorists, the Islamic Republic of Iran is re-evaluating and reconsidering its intelligence, security and police cooperation with the European Union. And decisions will be made in this regard which will cover important fields.”
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif reacted to EU sanctions and tweeted to remind the EU countries including Denmark, Holland and France about their responsibilities for harboring MKO (also known as MEK) terrorists.
Notorious terrorist group Mujaheedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK), which is based in Europe is responsible for carrying out many brutal assassinations in which thousands of Iranian officials and ordinary people since the 1979 Islamic Revolution have been killed.
Earlier today Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassemi warned that Tehran would adopt retaliatory measures against the European states for their "baseless" allegations and sanctions against a number of Iranian officials.
Foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghassemi also commented on Iran-EU relations on Wednesday October 31, when he said: "Whenever relations between Iran and the European Union begin to expand, invisible hands taking their cue from certain countries go to work, trying to harm these relations. Thus, the Danish government's accusations against Iran, and recalling of Denmark's ambassador from Tehran can all be looked upon from this angle."
EU member states agreed to impose sanctions targeting Tehran’s intelligence services for what they claimed as involvement in a series of alleged assassination plots across Europe last year.
The foreign minister of Denmark, Anders Samuelsen, revealed the decision on Twitter on Tuesday.
Without providing any evidence, Danish police in October linked the so-called Iranian intelligence officers to an alleged attack on a person in Denmark.
At the time, Iran's foreign ministry strongly dismissed the claims as a plot against the growing Iran-Europe relations in the current sensitive situation.
"Such allegations are in line with the conspiracies and plots of Iran's enemies who cannot stand the good and growing relations between Tehran and Europe in the current special situation," Iran foreign ministry announced.
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