• Iran summons German ambassador to Tehran

Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said, German ambassador to Tehran was summoned to the foreign ministry to protest Berlin’s extradition of an Iranian diplomat to Brussels.

Iran PressIran news: Bahram Ghasemi  added, director general for Europe affairs at the ministry met Michael Klor-Berchtold to convey the Islamic Republic’s strong opposition to the arrest, detention and extradition of the Iranian diplomat to Brussels over his alleged link to a planned July attack against the terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO) in France.

According to Press TV, Ghasemi also strongly protested the arrest and imprisonment and extradition of the Iranian diplomat while calling it as a plot masterminded by the enemies seeking to sever Iran-Europe relations and there is no doubt that the plot had been masterminded by the terrorist group residing in France.

He also said, the plot is to ruin ties between Iran and Europe and is an attempt to compensate for a string of defeats suffered by the terrorist groups and the Zionist regime.

"Tehran believes that the move is outside the code of conduct and against accepted norms, reserving rights of diplomats and for the same reason the Islamic Republic of Iran calls for immediate return of the Iranian diplomat to the country," added Ghasemi.

There is no doubt that this plot should be carefully examined, he said. 

The anti-Iranian currents in the European countries have a long history of terrorist activities and it is not so difficult for them to design such scenarios, he added.

Germany extradited to Belgium an Iranian diplomat suspected of plotting a bomb attack in France, prosecutors said.

Back in June, Belgian authorities said the Iranian diplomat had been arrested along with a 38-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, suspected of plotting a bomb attack on the MKO meeting in Paris attended by US President Donald Trump's lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and several former European and Arab ministers.

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They added that Belgian police intercepted the two suspects in Belgium with 500 grams of the homemade explosive TATP and a detonation device found in their car.

The diplomat, 46-year-old Assadollah A, was arrested in Germany, suspected of having been in contact with the two arrested in Belgium.

Three other people were also arrested in France in connection with the case, two of whom were released.

Senior Iranian officials have dismissed the claims against the diplomat, saying they were part of a plot to harm Iran-Europe ties as the two sides seek to bolster cooperation.

The MKO was once listed as a terrorist organization in the US and Europe and is still widely viewed as a Marxist cult built around the personality of its ringleader, Maryam Rajavi.

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Some of its uncouth practices include forcing the group's male members to divorce their wives and have them married to Rajavi's husband Massoud. 

The terrorist group is also known for its extremely oppressive control over members in its camps where access to the Internet and other information sources is prohibited. 

 

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Oct 10, 2018 19:33 Asia/Tehran
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