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A diplomat at the Iranian embassy in Norway told Norwegian television on Wednesday that he had resigned in protest over a crackdown on demonstrators in Iran but the government in Tehran denied the report.

“It was the Iranian authorities’ treatment of demonstrators during the Christmas week that made me realize I couldn’t continue,” public broadcaster NRK quoted Mohammed Reza Heydari as saying.

NRK, which said it had spoken to Heydari, presented his quotes in text rather than audio or video form.

Heydari, who NRK said has served as a consul at the embassy for the last three years, was not reachable for comment. Reuters

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