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Iran threatens to retaliate after Dutch expel two diplomats

AFP  |  Tehran 

protested today against the Netherlands' of two of its diplomats and threatened to retaliate for the "unfriendly and destructive move".

A for the service AIVD told AFP on Friday that two employees of had been expelled on June 7, without providing further details.

The Dutch to was subsequently summoned to express Tehran's "severe protest" at the move, Iran's foreign ministry said in an

"As earlier announced to the of the Netherlands, the Islamic Republic reserves the right to retaliate," foreign ministry said in the statement.

The was "illogical and illegitimate" and Qassemi called on "Dutch officials to refrain from levelling baseless and absurd accusations".

Qassemi also called on the to explain "its move to shelter the criminal and terrorist members" of Iranian opposition group, the People's

banned the People's in 1981 and the put the group on a terror blacklist between 2002 and 2009. The two Iranian diplomats were expelled long before arrests announced on Monday by French, Belgian and German authorities of six people -- including an Iranian based in -- on suspicion of involvement in an alleged plot to attack a rally in a suburb on June 30.

has said the alleged plot was a "false flag ploy" to harm and that two people arrested in were members of the Mujahedeen.

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First Published: Sun, July 08 2018. 17:35 IST