July 2, 2018 / 4:29 PM / in 4 months

Iran says ready to work with all concerned to uncover sinister "false-flag" ploy

ANKARA, July 2 (Reuters) - Iran said on Monday it was ready to work with all concerned parties to uncover what was a sinister “false-flag ploy”, after Belgian authorities said an Iranian diplomat had been arrested on suspicion of plotting a bomb attack in France.

“How convenient: Just as we embark on a presidential visit to Europe, an alleged Iranian operation and its “plotters” arrested,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted.

“Iran unequivocally condemns all violence & terror anywhere, and is ready to work with all concerned to uncover what is a sinister false flag ploy.”

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani left Tehran on Monday for an official visit to Austria and Switzerland. (Writing by Parisa Hafezi; editing by Andrew Roche)

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