TEHRAN (Iran News) –Countries like Denmark, Sweden and Norway or better to say the Scandinavian countries have always been considered as safe countries for living and even political activities, and many refugees and sometimes terrorists take shelter in those countries for peace and living in a place without violence but those countries in recent decades have turned unsafe for their residents and especially for refugees.
On Friday, Copenhagen, the capital city of Denmark, witnessed another sign of violence while the police forces were so sluggish in controlling the violence. According to reports, the embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran was the main target and was attacked while the police forces reacted slowly but finally arrested the attacker.
Danish police said later on Friday that it has arrested the 32-year-old man who attacked the Iranian embassy in Copenhagen. The man, an Iranian citizen, had been stopped by an employee before entering the embassy building, police said, according to Reuters.
He will have reportedly a court hearing at Copenhagen city court and will be charged with two counts of vandalism, for violence, and for breaching a section of the penal code that deals with crimes against people with diplomatic status.
This is not the first time that embassies of the Islamic Republic of Iran become the targets for attack and the host countries remain onlookers in a way that attackers continue their crimes.
According to the international conventions and diplomatic principles, the host countries are fully in charge of protecting the embassies. Western countries expect other countries to fully protect their diplomats and embassies while they turn into a onlooker when they should do their job of protection for other countries like the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Reacting to this attack, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian lashed out at Denmark for failing to ensure the security of the Islamic Republic’s embassy and ambassador in Copenhagen after an armed assailant broke into the diplomatic site.
In a phone call with Iranian Ambassador to Copenhagen Afsaneh Nadipour on Friday, Amirabdollahian said it is a shame that such an attack happens against a “female ambassador with diplomatic impunity in the heart of Europe.”
He also criticized the Danish police for their belated response to the intrusion.
The envoy then briefed the foreign minister on the circumstances surrounding the attack, saying, “After trespassing on the embassy’s premises, the assailant, carrying a cold weapon, started to threaten, terrorize and cause damage to the vehicles in the parking lot of the embassy.”
“Unfortunately, despite the previous official warnings, the Danish police arrived at the embassy with considerable delay,” Nadipour added.
The director general of West Europe at the Iranian Foreign Ministry also summoned Denmark’s ambassador to Tehran to officially protest over a lack of security for Iran’s embassy and its diplomats.
During a meeting, the Danish ambassador was reminded of the responsibility of the host government to protect the diplomatic missions of other countries and of the need for the Danish government to adhere to its international obligations in that regard.
In response, the Danish ambassador apologized for the incident, saying security measures will be strengthened after the incident.
He added that he will immediately convey Iran’s protest to Copenhagen.
A couple of days ago such a similar anti-Iran offence happened in Sweden and Iran’s Foreign Ministry summoned Sweden’s chargé d’affaires to protest an attack on the Iranian embassy in Stockholm.
The Swedish diplomat was summoned to the Iranian Foreign Ministry in the absence of the ambassador to convey the Islamic Republic’s strong protest with regard to the Swedish police’s failure to take the fully required security measures in accordance with the Vienna Convention.
These countries which claim of freedom of expression and observing international laws are even themselves unable to observe the simplest international principle which is to protect fully the diplomatic mission.
We have not yet forgotten the action of European countries when the British Embassy and Saudi Arabia Embassy in Tehran were attacked by some protesters in the country. They reacted as if the Islamic Republic of Iran has committed crime and decided to withdraw their envoys and when it is their turn, they forget their obligations.
The Islamic Republic of Iran once again warns the European countries not to side with the anti-Islamic Revolution protesters and offenders and it wants them to abide by the international diplomatic laws.
Unfortunately European countries in recent days have joined rioters inside Iran through their verbal encouragement and support but they are better to stay away from the rioters and mind their own businesses.
The Scandinavian countries, which have turned into the haven for terrorists as Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has reiterated, are better to expel terrorists from their lands if they really seek peace and stability otherwise those terrorists will continue such violent acts and will tarnish their reputation as lands of tranquility.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is patient but enemies should not test its patience because they may face a strong response and Tehran wants peaceful relations with all countries but it will defend its rights and the anti-revolutionaries are better to remain quiet because they are so petty to shake the pillars of the Islamic Revolution.