Senior official confirms Norwegian intelligence active in Iran

The chief of the Norwegian Intelligence Service, Torgeir Hagen, has confirmed a NRK TV report stating that Norwegian intelligence is active inside Iranian borders, said reports reaching here from Oslo.

Senior official confirms Norwegian intelligence active in Iran
The chief of the Norwegian Intelligence Service, Torgeir Hagen, has confirmed a NRK TV report stating that Norwegian intelligence is active inside Iranian borders, said reports reaching here from Oslo.

Major General Torgeir Hagen told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the Intelligence Service is "charting Iran's possible nuclear weapons program, registering threat against Norway's allies", and at the same time securing Norwegian interests in the country.

Researcher at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Professor Daniel Heradstveit, said he is deeply shocked by the news that Norwegian intelligence is operating inside Iran.

"As a small state we rather ought to take on the role of bridge builder towards Iran. But here we stand as a small nation and do the work that could be done by the larger nations," Heradstveit said.

It is known that Norway has for years contributed intelligence to U.S. and British military operations around the world.

According to NRK, Norway has mounted extensive intelligence operations in the Balcans, Sudan, Iraq and Afghanistan.

Agencies
Last Mod: 11 Eylül 2007, 12:10
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