Holiday in Iran hounds minister

Fisheries Minister Per Sandberg claims his summer holiday in Iran this month was strictly private, but it’s been raising plenty of very public questions. That’s because Sandberg, from the anti-immigration Progress Party that wants to restrict refugee arrivals in Norway, traveled to the controversial country with a woman who came to Norway as an asylum […]

Iran’s nuclear chief talks peace in Oslo

He played a major role in the Iran nuclear agreement that Norway helped negotiate four years ago and now he’s the country’s vice president. Ali Akbar Salehi was in Norway this week to take part in the Oslo Forum at the historic Losby farm, now a hotel and golf course northeast of the capital, and […]

Norway still backs Iranian nuke pact

Norway’s Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Søreide was on national radio Wednesday morning, deploring US President Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of an international agreement aimed at preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. She made it clear Norway will support efforts to keep the agreement in place among its other signatories including the EU members France, […]

Rejected refugee returns after lashing

An Iranian woman, deported after her asylum application was rejected by Norwegian authorities, landed back in Norway on Friday after allegedly being subjected to the punishment she’d feared when she fled Iran in 2009. Leila Bayat had claimed all along that she had sought asylum in Norway back in 2009 because she faced a sentence […]

US halts former premier at airport

Kjell Magne Bondevik, a former Norwegian prime minister who most recently has been running a peace institute in Oslo, was detained at Dulles International Airport outside Washington DC on Wednesday. Immigration officials were suspicious about a stamp in his diplomatic passport that showed he had been in Iran. Norway’s national commercial television channel TV2 reported […]

Iran trade deal raises concerns

An agreement announced this week for Norwegian-financed trade between Norway and Iran has received mixed reactions. While it may help create jobs in Norway’s hard-hit oil and gas industry, human rights organizations worry it may lead to conflicts of interest. Eksportkreditt Norge and GIEK signed a Memorandum of Intention with the Export Guarantee Fund of Iran […]

Murder tied to ‘political motivations’

Police in Kristiansand are investigating whether political opponents of an Iranian man living in southern Norway may be involved in his murder last week. The body of Mahmoud Mohammadi, who had been a Kurdish leader and had what police call “political enemies,” was found in his home at Hånes on Friday night. “We have information […]

Iranian professor quits amidst controversy

A professor from Iran who was expelled from Norway because of security concerns tied to his work has defended his enormous research production, attacked Norway’s police intelligence unit PST and resigned his post at the University of Agder (UiA) on the country’s southern coast. Newspaper Dagens Næringsliv (DN) reported this week that Professor Hamid Reza […]

US thanks Norway for aiding Iran pact

US Secretary of State John Kerry thanked Norway’s foreign minister, Børge Brende, on Tuesday for assisting in the transport of 60 tons of natural uranium to Iran, for use in its nuclear power plants. In return, Iran relinquished 11 tons of enriched uranium for transport out of Iran, to Russia.  The enriched uranium could, “in the […]

Hopes rise for Iranian students

This week’s international agreement on Iran’s atomic program has given new hope to Iranian students that they may be allowed to continue their advanced studies in Norway after all. Around 70 have been deported or had their visas revoked because of security fears tied to their atomic-related research. Norway’s police intelligence unit PST (Politiets sikkerhetstjeneste) had determined that the […]