This article is based on the annual PST report for 2017, which is trying to assess the threats for the coming year.
The PST is aware of that in certain context there are countries that can pose a threat to Norwegian citizens. The Iranian regime has agents in Norway that can harm or assassinate Iranian-born Norwegians. PST consider it most likely that threats in 2017 will be “Norwegian technology targets and opponents of a regime living in exile in Norway.”
Many of the exiled opponents are living under protection from the regime of their country of origin and are under serious threats if foreign agents get access to their files. It is therefore of the utmost importance that the security around these files is at all times high. The intelligence services of a number of countries, including Iran, are making active efforts in Norway to identify individuals and groups considered to be critical of or in opposition to the clerical regime in Iran. The Iranian agent’s aim is either to threaten or to put pressure on individuals to cooperate, or to force them to desist from their criticism of the Clerical regime or their oppositional activity. This type of intelligence activity also includes identifying other individuals considered to be hostile to the clerical regime in Iran. they will, therefore, continue to be intelligence targets in 2017.
A number of states have intelligence personnel in Norway, including Iran, many of them work under diplomatic cover as employees at embassies and consulates. Some states also use positions in commercial organizations or business delegations or research institutions visiting Norway, as a cover for their intelligence personnel. The Iranian regime does not only pose a threat to the exiled in a matter of exposure of dissidents but can also threaten them in cooperating to obtain missile technology from Norwegian enterprises that develop this type of technology.
some states also use their intelligence services to attempt to limit the freedom of expression of political refugees in Norway, The Iranian regime is no exception. The Iranian Regime is making sure that the exile Iranians in Norway are aware of their presence and they intimidate the exiles by threatening their family remaining in Iran or their family living in Norway. The regime is placing agent undercover as students in universities to obtain missile technology, these students are drilled as agents and are a genuine threat to exiled Iranian dissidents also.