Tehran asks Paris for talks to clear bomb plot 'misunderstanding'

Tehran asks Paris for talks to clear bomb plot 'misunderstanding'

Iran called for talks with France to clear "misunderstanding" over an alleged bomb plot targeting an exiled opposition group near Paris.

"If there is a misunderstanding... about a thing that does not exist, be it a conspiracy by others or a mistake, we can sit down and talk about it," Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi told AFP in an interview.

The only way to overcome the issue was through "the art of diplomacy," he said. "We know of no other way."

French authorities yesterday accused Iran's intelligence ministry of being behind a foiled plot to bomb a meeting of the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK), according to a French diplomatic source.

France also announced it was freezing the assets of two suspected Iranian intelligence operatives and those belonging to Iran's ministry of intelligence and security.

Ghasemi denied all these accusations "completely and forcefully."

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