The damning claim was made by pro-regime-change faction the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The group says Iran’s “mullahs” – a term used to refer to a Muslim man or woman, educated in Islamic theology – are responsible for state-sponsored terrorism worldwide. The NCRI has cited various alleged terrorist plots planned for Western soil.
Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the NCRI, has argued a firm policy needs to be adopted including the “blacklisting” of the Ministry of Intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and their entities by the United States and the European Union, as well as the expulsion of intelligence agents working in Europe.
Mrs Rajavi said: “The mullahs must understand that their terrorist activities will have serious consequences and that Europe will not tolerate such malign activities as it is determined to fight against terrorism in all forms.”
Her plea came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned of the “very real” threat from Iran in an address to the Davos World Economic Forum delivered via video link on Tuesday.
Mrs Rajavi’s group has highlighted a series of alleged foiled terrorist attacks and terror-related arrests in 2018 to back up its claims about the Iranian regime’s nefarious intentions abroad.
Albanian media outlets reported the arrest of two Iranian agents who had introduced themselves as journalists, on suspicion of terrorist activities in Tirana on March 22, 2018, the NCRI said.
A truck loaded with explosives was set to attack 3,000 members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) who are refugees in Albania, the dissident faction explained.
The group also refers to June 6, 2018, when the Netherlands expelled two Iranian diplomats for an attack on an opponent, and to June 30, 2018, when a bomb attack against a major Iranian opposition rally in Villepinte, France was foiled, avoiding potential carnage thanks to the responsiveness of German, French and Belgian services.
Following the foiled plot, an Iranian diplomat stationed in Vienna was arrested in Germany for personally handing over the explosive device to the terrorist couple.
Expelled to the Belgian justice last October, the diplomat is now awaiting trial.
On August 9, 2018, the United States Department of Justice announced two agents affiliated to the Iranian regime’s Intelligence Ministry, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, who were allegedly “spying on” and “plotting against” the PMOI/MEK and NCRI, were arrested in the US.
And on October 21, 2018, a Norwegian citizen of Iranian, in contact with the Iranian regime’s embassy in Oslo, was arrested in Denmark in connection with a failed attack on an Iranian opponent in that country.
Thirteen months on, the European Union has decided to add Iranian entities to the terrorist list for attacks against opponents on European soil.
Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen announced the move on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, for the adoption of sanctions against two agents of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).
According to the Danish Foreign Ministry, both Iran’s intelligence agency and its director general of intelligence, Saeid Hashemi Moghadam, were now on the EU’s terror list.
Mr Samuelsen said the EU’s decision marked “a huge victory”.
He said: “No other country’s intelligence services are on the terror list. So it’s a very clear signal we send to Iran today.”
Elham Zanjani and Elahe Arj from the Women’s Committee of the NCRI said: “While all signals are calling for an alert with the rise of the mullah’s state terrorism, the decision of European governments is a positive step to counter these, but more needs to be done.
“For years, western governments had adopted the policy of appeasement of the mullahs but the time is over for the policy of appeasement.”
However, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke to condemn and renounce terrorism in his own nation in December 2018.
Taking to his Twitter page on December 6 to react to a car bomb attack targeted at Iran’s strategic port city of Chabahar, which he said was perpetrated by “foreign-backed terrorists,” he vowed to punish the “foreign-backed” perpetrators and “their masters”.
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