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UK ambassador to Iran summoned over terrorism plots

Britain's ambassador to Iran was summoned to the foreign ministry in Tehran after allegations of UK involvement in terrorist plots, the Foreign Office said.

Ambassador Simon Gass firmly rejected any suggestion of British involvement in such activities, and the affair is now regarded as over.

The authorities in Tehran make claims about Western links with groups opposed to the regime of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on a regular basis, and it is not uncommon for ambassadors to be summoned to speak to officials at the foreign ministry.

The allegations related to the supposed links of people in the UK with the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) organisation, which opposes the Tehran regime.

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said: "The Iranians were alleging involvement by people in the UK in alleged MEK plots in Iran.

"We made clear we condemn all terrorism anywhere and firmly reject any allegations of involvement in any such activity."

Relations between Britain and Iran remain tense following last week's United Nations Security Council resolution imposing additional sanctions on Tehran in response to its failure to suspend uranium enrichment activities.

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