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EU approves sanctions on Iran’s intelligence service

Danish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen in Copenhagen, Denmark on 30 October 2018 [Ole Jensen/Getty Images]
Danish Foreign Minister, Anders Samuelsen in Copenhagen, Denmark on 30 October 2018 [Ole Jensen/Getty Images]

Denmark announced on Tuesday that the European Union has agreed to impose sanctions on Iran’s intelligence service over plans to assassinate opponents of the Islamic Republic across the European Union.

“The EU just agreed to enact sanctions against an Iranian intelligence service for its assassination plots on European soil,” wrote Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen on Twitter. “Strong signal from the EU that we will not accept such behaviour in Europe.”

Relations between Denmark and Iran have been strained after Copenhagen accused Tehran of plotting to carry out assassinations within its territory of leaders of the Danish branch of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA). The allegation has been categorically denied by the Islamic Republic.

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