According to sources Per Sandberg, 58, admitted he had gone with Bahareh Letnes, 28, without informing the prime minister and had taken a government phone to Iran and the PM governs in coalition with his anti-immigration Progress Party. Meanwhile the trip risked exposing Mr. Sandberg to Iranian spies, as he should not have taken a work phone with him. Accordingly Ms Letnes is a former beauty queen who now manages a fish export business.
Furthermore she has Norwegian residency and has denied any links to Iran's Islamist government and moreover Norwegian intelligence is reported to be investigating her activities now. Ms Solberg, a Conservative, told reporters Prime Minister Erna Solberg said she had ordered Mr. Sandberg to hand his phone to police for safety checks and has also resigned as deputy leader of the Progress Party. "Per Sandberg himself asked to step down, and he thinks it was the right decision".
AFP news agency quoted her as saying. Seafood is
Norway's second-largest export industry after oil and gas "He didn't show
the necessary common sense when it comes to handling security issues”.