By Iran Probe Staff
Monday, 27 February 2017
The Norwegian security and anti-terrorist agency issued its annual threat assessment report for 2017, unveiling Iran’s efforts aimed at harassing Iranian refugees and dissidents in Norway.
The Threat Assessment 2017 compiled by the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST) is one of four threat assessments and risk analyses and is published annually. The main task of the Intelligence Service is to supply information and assessments on foreign, security and defence policy matters. The Service publishes an annual assessment on conditions in other countries that could threaten Norway and Norwegian interests. This year’s assessment, Focus 2017, provides an overview of situations and security threats in different countries and regions together with the nature of the threats. The assessment has a time frame of one year and is published in the first quarter of the year.
A section of this report reads:
Espionage against refugees
The intelligence services of a number of countries, including Iran, are making active efforts in Norway to identify individuals and groups considered to be critical of or in opposition to the authorities in their own countries. The aim is either to threaten or put pressure on individuals to cooperate, or to force them to desist from their criticism of the regime or their oppositional activity. This type of intelligence activity also includes identifying other individuals considered to be hostile to their respective regimes.
Certain refugees and opponents of a regime in Norway will therefore continue to be intelligence targets in 2017.
The Norwegian annual security and anti-terrorism report further reads:
Under the nuclear deal with Iran, the country’s nuclear programme is once more being
monitored by the International Atomic Energy Agency. However, Iran’s missile programme is not part of the agreement, and the Iranians are continuing to develop and test ballistic missiles. Norwegian enterprises that develop relevant technology must continue to be alert to illegal procurement attempts by the Iranian authorities.
It is worth noting other European counterintelligence agencies in their reports have expressed concerns over the mullahs’ Ministry of Intelligence espionage measures in the Green Continent. This includes the German and Dutch intelligence agencies that have time and again reported how the main target of Iranian intelligence services has been none other than the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and spreading misinformation and demonizing their image.