0145 GMT July 21, 2018
“The Foreign Ministry should expel two Dutch diplomats residing in Tehran in a reciprocal countermeasure,” said Alaeddin Boroujerdi, the chairman of Iran's Parliament National Security and Foreign Policy Committee on Monday, Mehr News Agency reported.
The senior legislator asserted that it is a known principle in international relations to show similar reaction in retaliation for such moves.
He added that the move by the government of the Netherlands was in line with recent activities by the anti-Iran terrorist group, Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), in Europe and at the time when the Iranian president paid a visit to Europe.
“The Netherlands, with the help of Israeli and American intelligence services, is after destructing Iran-Europe logical relations and contributes to what Trump is doing in disrupting the international norms and regulations,” he said.
On Saturday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi slammed the "unconstructive" move by the Netherlands to deport two Iranian Embassy staffers, saying the Islamic Republic reserves the right to take a reciprocal measure.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran regards this decision as an unconstructive measure in relations between the two countries," Qassemi said.
A spokesperson for the Dutch intelligence service AIVD on Friday said that the country had expelled two "persons accredited to the Iranian Embassy" but refused to provide any further information.
According to a European government official and a Western intelligence source, the expulsions occurred more than two months ago. Dutch state broadcaster NOS said the expulsions were on June 7.
The Foreign Ministry summoned the Dutch ambassador to Tehran to express Iran's protest over the issue.
He criticized the Dutch government's illogical and illegal move and said Tehran expected the country's officials to stop leveling unfounded allegations against others and to fulfill their international obligations instead to arrest and punish terrorist agents, particularly those for whom Interpol has issued a "red notice."
Qassemi also called on Dutch officials to give an explanation for their country's move to shelter members of the MKO notorious group, which has the blood of many Iranians on its hand.