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MEPs letter to Angela Merkel asking Iran's arrested diplomat to be extradited to Belgium

MEPs Demand Extradition of Iranian Regime Diplomat/Terrorist to Belgium in Letter to Merkel

MEPs letter to Angela Merkel asking Iran's arrested diplomat to be extradited to Belgium

MEPs write to Angela Merkel demanding extradition of Iran’s diplomat/terrorist to Belgium to be put on trial.

Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian regime diplomat who has been charged by German authorities for espionage and conspiracy to commit murder, is now hoping to evade justice. Assadi has diplomatic immunity in Austria, so the Iranian regime has petitioned to have him extradited there, where he can then travel to Iran and avoid responsibility for masterminding the foiled terrorist plot against the annual gathering of the MEK supporters.

If the planned attack had been successful, hundreds of the 100,000 people in attendance could have been killed or injured in the regime’s latest attack on the MEK.

On Wednesday, 23 members of European Parliament wrote a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel asking that she extradite Assadi to Belgium so that he may face justice. Assadi has no immunity in Belgium, where the couple who was to carry out the attack was arrested.

The following is the text of the letter from the MEPs:

Brussels- 11 July 2018

Letter from the European Parliament

The Hon. Angela Merkel
Chancellor of Germany

Dear Chancellor Merkel,

As you know the German police have arrested an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi. According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Belgium, he has been connected to the terrorist plot to bomb the Paris gathering of the Iranian democratic opposition on 30 June. According to media reports, Assadi was based at the embassy in Vienna and was arrested en route to Austria on the A3 highway near Aschaffenburg (Germany) after handing over a bomb to two Belgian-Iranian agents in Luxembourg.

The Belgian government has publicly asked Germany for the extradition of Assadi to Belgium.

We have now received reliable information that the Iranian regime is trying to pervert the course of justice by putting pressure to rescue its diplomat who is held on a European arrest warrant on suspicion of terrorism, by having him returned to Austria, where he had diplomatic immunity.

According to press reports and legal experts, the diplomatic immunity of Assadi does not apply in this case, as the crime he is wanted for did not happen in the country where he had diplomatic immunity, and he was arrested while he was outside Austrian borders.

We are therefore very much concerned about this issue that the Iranian regime might use every pressure and intimidation to divert the course of justice.

As the rule of law and application of justice should never be compromised under any circumstances, the Iranian diplomat, Assadi, must be sent to Belgium to face justice as soon as possible.

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Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

Regime Deflects Blame for its Attack on MEK Members at Free Iran Gathering

European law enforcement in Germany, France, and Belgium are currently taking measures to prosecute the terrorists responsible for the Iranian regime’s failed attempt to attack the annual gathering of the Iranian opposition movement, supporters of MEK in Paris on June 30th. The regime and its officials have responded by using its state-run media to complain about the “unfairness” of the arrest of their agents, particularly Assadollah Assadi, a regime diplomat in Austria and the mastermind of the foiled terrorist attack. The regime has gone so far as to blame the MEK for the arrests.

A recent op-ed in the state newspaper Keyhan, a well-known mouthpiece for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, griped that “the dignity of the Iranian passport had been sullied”. This is in reference to Assadi’s diplomatic immunity, which was canceled following his arrest for espionage and conspiracy to commit murder by the German Prosecutor’s Office. The paper further wrote, “This arrest has no basis.” The regime seems determined to deny the evidence against its operatives, despite the investigations currently taking place by authorities in three European countries against Assadi and those charged with carrying out his orders.

Another article entitled “Decrypting Europe’s Anti-Iranian Scenario” was recently published in Vatan-e-Emrooz, another state newspaper with close ties to Khamenei’s circle. This article described the Assadi’s arrest as a European conspiracy against the regime. Vatan-e-Emrooz ominously warned that if the regime does not react strongly to the arrest, “the scenario will repeat itself in more intense ways.”

One regime MP, Gholam Ali Jafarzadeh, blamed the MEK for the situation, saying that the MEK is plotting to destroy relations between Europe and the Iranian regime. He advised regime President Hassan Rouhani to “closely monitor the events and react firmly.” He also stated the need for the regime to train its diplomats to avoid “stepping in the traps of the enemy.” This would appear to be an admonishment to the regime’s foreign ministry that they have not been effective in training its diplomats in terrorist activities and evading detection.

Regime officials recycled some old strategies from its playbook as well, claiming that the MEK staged the attack itself. They reasoned that no government would give its diplomats explosives to carry out a terrorist attack in a foreign country. The regime has used this line before when it has been caught carrying out terrorist attacks in Europe and other countries.

This lie by the regime rings particularly false in its hypocrisy and only serves to lessen the credibility of their other already dubious claims. It also shows how much they fear the MEK.

The fallout from the failed terrorist plot has also intensified the in-fighting among the various factions in the regime. Those authorities closely tied to Khamenei are demanding to know why Rouhani and his government have not managed to secure the extradition of Assadi from Germany custody.

As always, media in Iran only shows the tip of the iceberg. The arrest of Assadi and the other terrorists responsible for the failed attack on the NCRI gathering in Paris is causing upheaval in Tehran, and the full extent has yet to be seen.

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Pompeo Urges E.U. and U.K. to Take Firm Stance Against Iranian Regime

Secretary Pompeo in NATO Summit-July 2018

Archive Photo- Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo addresses NATO Summit

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo asked European leaders to support the United States in its plans to cut off the Iranian regime from the world’s energy markets, according to an AFP report.

 

Pompeo made this request during talks in Brussels at the E.U.-U.S. Energy Council at this year’s NATO Summit. In attendance were Energy Secretary Rick Perry, Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir, Iraqi PM Haider Al Abadi, and E.U. foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

 

Pompeo’s stated commitment at the talks was to “address the full array of threats posed by Iran” and to have the Gulf partners “work together to promote regional security and stability, and stand against Iran’s destabilizing activities.”

Iran’s list of destabilizing activities includes its support of the Houthi terrorists in Yemen, its continued use of ballistic missiles, despite a U.N. resolution prohibiting the practice, its support of dictator Bashar Al Assad and his use of chemical weapons in Syria, its interference in Iraq’s elections, and its most recent terrorist plot to attack the Iranian opposition,(MEK), at their annual gathering in Paris.

Before the talks, Pompeo tweeted:

 

“Iran continues to send weapons across the Middle East, in blatant violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Iran’s regime wants to start trouble wherever it can. It’s our responsibility to stop it.”

He followed this tweet with another just before the talks began:

“We ask our allies and partners to join our economic pressure campaign against Iran’s regime. We must cut off all funding the regime uses to fund terrorism and proxy wars. There’s no telling when Iran may try to foment terrorism, violence, and instability in one of our countries next.”

He attached a map of Europe to this tweet, marked with the location of the eleven known terror attacks that have been carried out by the regime or its proxy, Hezbollah since the regime took power in 1979.

 

The United States withdrew from the Joint Congressional Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran Nuclear Deal, in May of this year, saying that the regime had repeatedly and flagrantly violated the terms of the deal. The U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA triggered the reinstatement of sanctions against the regime, largely affecting its oil industry, which accounts for much of Iran’s revenue.

 

The U.S. has since warned other countries to stop buying Iranian oil by November 4th or face sanctions themselves. The United States can sanction any transaction done with U.S. dollars. Almost every large transaction touches a U.S. financial institution at some point, and if it involves Iran, the United States says it will sanction that transaction. Whether the other signatories of the JCPOA comply or not might be irrelevant. The cost of doing business with terrorists will increase significantly starting on November 4th.

 

Other signatories of the nuclear deal include France, Germany, and the U. K. These countries are all attempting to save the deal, but as of right now, there is no reason to believe they can protect themselves or their companies from U.S. sanctions.

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Assadollah Assadi, Iranian diplomat and the mastermind of the Paris terror plot

Attempted Terror Attack on Free Iran Convention Ordered by Khamenei, Rouhani

Assadollah Assadi, Iranian diplomat and the mastermind of the Paris terror plot

Assadollah Assadi, the Iranian regime diplomat and the mastermind behind the terror plot to bomb Free Iran gathering.

On Wednesday, July 11th, the German Federal Prosecutor announced that its judiciary had ordered the arrest of Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian regime diplomat, on charges of espionage and conspiracy to commit murder. Assadi was previously arrested on July 1st on a European warrant by German authorities near the city of Aschaffenburg on suspicion of aiding terrorists.

 

According to the statement, Assadi commissioned a terrorist attack on the Free Iran gathering in France on June 30th. He assigned a couple in Antwerp in March 2018 to carry out the attack and gave them 500 grams of the explosive TATP in Luxemburg in late June.

 

The statement noted that Assadi was a member of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS), whose primary tasks “include the intensive observation and combating of opposition groups inside and outside of Iran.” The German Prosecutor’s statement added that its judiciary warrant would not hinder the request from Belgium for Assadi’s extradition.

 

The couple who was arrested in Belgium for attempting to carry out the attack was previously described by Belgian authorities as members of a regime sleeper cell that had been under the direction of Assadi for years (De Standaard- July 4th). A Belgian judicial spokesman was quoted as saying, “Practically all employees of Iranian embassies are part of the Iranian Secret Service.” (NBCnews.com- July 6th).

Reliable sources inside the regime say that the regime’s Supreme Leader, President, Foreign and Intelligence Ministers, Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council, the Revolutionary Guards, the Quds Force, the IRGC’s Intelligence Organization, and the Deputy for Political-Security Affairs at Khamenei’s office planned the attack months ago. The MOIS was tasked with carrying out the operation, with Assadi heading up the terrorist planning in his role as MOIS station chief in Austria.

 

Assadi’s chief responsibility as a regime diplomat in Vienna, working under the guise of Third Counselor, was espionage and conspiracy against the MEK. He has used his diplomatic status to travel to a number of European countries to achieve this goal.

 

The regime is seeking to have Assadi extradited to Austria and ultimately to Iran in order to evade responsibility for his actions. The regime has attempted to deny the plot entirely as well, with Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif describing the investigation as a false flag plot. The regime’s flimsy denial, paired with its desperate attempts to extradite Assadi show that it is gravely concerned about the situation.

 

Assadi has been stripped of his diplomatic immunity.

 

The Iranian Resistance movement, including the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the MEK, have called for the closure of the regime’s embassies and representative offices, and the expulsion of terrorist diplomats and the MOIS and Quds Force agents, in accordance with

the decision of the Council of Europe on April 29, 1997, which stipulated that the mullahs’ mercenaries and intelligence and security agents should be expelled from European Union Member States and not allowed to enter EU Member States.(#ExpelIranDiplomatTerrorists)

Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City and an advisor to U.S. President Donald Trump, issued a statement on this highly sensitive subject.

“This accentuates the growing sense that the regime that is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world is increasingly weakened by constant large demonstrations in over 140 cities. It is also becoming apparent that Madam Maryam Rajavi and the NCRI pose a realistic alternative to this homicidal regime.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Iran's high officials behind Paris Terror Plot

New Report Shows Rouhani and Khamenei Approved Paris Terror Attack Plans

Iran's high officials behind Paris Terror Plot

New Report Shows Rouhani and Khamenei Approved Paris Terror Attack Plans

In a report published in the Washington Times on Thursday, July 12th, the Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), revealed, that senior members of the Iranian regime approved the planned Iranian terror attack on the Free Iran Rally in Paris. The group’s intelligence sources within Iran allege that President Hassan Rouhani and Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei were involved in the plots organization.

The report from the NCRI and the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), said the attack was approved by every level of Iranian power, including Ali Khamenei, Regime’s Supreme Leader’s office, regime’s Foreign Ministry, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

A Foiled Terror Attack

The attack was foiled when Belgian authorities stopped an Iranian couple traveling in a car packed with explosives. The couple was traveling to Paris where the NCRI and the MEK were holding their annual Free Iran Rally.

The two had received the explosives and instructions from Assadolah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat posted at the Iranian embassy in Vienna. German authorities later arrested Assadi.

In the NCRI and MEK’s report, it was revealed that Assadi’s real job title is the Ministry of Intelligence station chief in Vienna. His role was to spy on MEK activities, and he traveled extensively across Europe in this capacity.

Iran’s Network of Espionage

The attack has drawn attention to the Iranian regime’s use of embassies abroad to coordinate a network of espionage and terror. In a press release from the US Department of State on Tuesday, July 10th, a Senior State Department Official urged nations with Iranian embassies on their soil to examine embassy operations to “ensure their countries’ own security”.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also offered words of caution to the international community. He said Iran frequently uses its embassies abroad as terrorist centers. He told the UK’s Sky News that the US has frequently “seen this malign behavior in Europe”.

A Senior State Department representative speaking on the sidelines of the NATO conference in Brussels also disclosed discussion points that were raised on a recent visit to Saudi Arabia. “We discussed how Iran uses embassies as cover to plot terrorist attacks”, he said.

The Fate of Assadi

The MEK and NCRI are calling for Assadolah Assadi to face charges in Belgium for his involvement in the plot. However, the regime has fiercely rejected any notion of the diplomat facing charges. It wants the German authorities to extradite Assadi to Austria, where he will receive diplomatic immunity.

MEK spokesman, Shahin Gobadi, explained the Iranian opposition’s decision to campaign for Assadi’s extradition to Belgium. “In Belgium, it is more probable that Assadi will face justice and has to answer all sorts of questions and does not have any diplomatic immunity,” he said.

The fate of Assadi remains to be determined. As does the future of Europe’s Iran policy. Meetings have continued this week on the fringes of the NATO summit, and the topic of Iran has been on the table in many of these meetings.

The governments of Europe continue to grapple with how best to approach the Iranian regime following the withdrawal of the US from the nuclear deal. However, an equally pressing matter should be the issue of how best to dismantle the Iranian regime’s network of spies operating with impunity in the heart of Europe.

If Assadi escapes trial, it will send a dangerous message to Iran’s intelligence officers operating within embassies across Europe. Europe’s future security depends on how it responds to this crisis.

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State Department official news briefing on the recent terror case in Europe that involved Iranian regime diplomat.

Senior US State Department Official: the United States is Urging All Nations to Carefully Examine Diplomats in Iranian Embassies

State Department official news briefing on the recent terror case in Europe that involved Iranian regime diplomat.

U.S. State Department official, confirms there was no “false flag” on the terror case involving the Iranian regime’s diplomat in Austria.

In a press release from the US Department of State on Tuesday, July 10th, a Senior State Department official urged all nations to examine diplomats in Iranian embassies to “ensure their countries’ own security”.

The warning was issued after the arrest of an Iranian regime diplomat working in their Austrian embassy. Asdollah Assadi allegedly provided an Iranian couple with Belgian citizenship with 500 grams of explosives with the instructions to target the Iranian opposition’s Grand Gathering in Paris.

The unnamed Senior State Department Official offered words of caution to the international community. The official said, “we urge all nations to be vigilant about Iran using embassies as diplomatic cover to plot terrorist attacks”.

The official dismissed Iranian regime’s claims and emphasized: “We do not believe Iran’s ludicrous claim that this is a false flag.”

Javad Zarif, Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister had dismissed any role in the foiled terror plot, and had called the arrest of Regime’s diplomat “a sinister false flag ploy.”

Ongoing Investigations

The interviewed official added that the US is “working very closely with the Belgians and the Austrians and the Germans to get to the bottom of this plot to conduct a bomb attack in Paris”.

The State Department official said that it is still unclear whether the intended target of the terror plot was the MEK and its supporters, or the visiting American delegation. The unnamed senior State Department Official would not speculate on the attack’s intended target.

The Regime’s Dark History of European Activities

The most recent foiled terror attack was the latest act of aggression of a long campaign of state-sponsored terrorism in Europe. The US Government first placed Iran on a list of terrorist sponsors in 1984. “Iran was starting these hijackings on commercial airliners, bombings, assassinations”, the State Department Official Explained.

The official was referring to a string of high-profile hijackings in the 1980s and the abduction and murder of several US and European citizens.

The latest planned attack demonstrates the risk the Iranian regime poses to global security. “All nations need to exercise vigilance to protect themselves against the Iranian [regime] threat”, the official warned, adding, “we will continue to work with… our European allies… to address the entire range of Iran’s malign threats.”

Meetings will continue this week during the NATO summit, both in a formal and informal capacity. Iran will be on the agenda as the US and Europe attempt to bridge the gap between their respective Iranian policies.

“There’s no shortage of work to be done”, the State Department Official mused. The road ahead for US-European Iran policy will be thorny. But in the interests of international security, the first course of action on Iran should be ending the nefarious activities of Iran’s embassies abroad.

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Water shortage in Khorramshahr

MEK Network-Continued Water Shortages Lead to More Protests in Iran

Water shortage in Khorramshahr

Protest in Khorramshahr over the unprecedented water shortage in the city due to regime mismanagement.

The water in Khorramshahr is salty and mixed with sewage. Worse, there’s not enough of it to go around. At the beginning of this summer, the people of Khorramshahr took to the streets to protest this critical situation, and they continued to do so for several days until the regime claimed it was taking action to solve the water issues in Abadan and Khorramshahr. Ten people were arrested, 25 were charged with “calling people to sedition” and “abusing popular demands,” the regime pronounced the problem solved and moved on.

The problems were not solved, and the problems in Khuzestan Province could not be easily fixed. For one thing, the problems in Khuzestan Province are not new. The IRGC and other agencies of the regime have been stealing water from the province for over 30 years.

Second, the problem is not limited to Khuzestan. Water shortages are occurring in areas across Iran, with similar protests taking place regularly. There is no easy or temporary fix to the water crisis in Iran.

Protests erupt in Borazjan

The worsening water crisis in Iran has most recently spread to Borazjan, in southern Iran, where thousands protested on Saturday after a severe water shortage left residents without water for days. The protesters said the regime’s response was “chaotic,” “inefficient,” and “incompetent,” and assembled in the city square, demanding that the Governor come out and address the issue. According to the MEK network inside Iran, protesters chanted, “Either the Governor steps in, or we are going to raise Hell!”

Mohammad Baqir Sa’adat, a regime MP, publicly admitted that the regime had failed in its handling of the crisis. In a statement to the city’s website, he said, “People’s anger is justified. They are even entitled to insult the authorities.”

Sa’adat explained that the water shortage, which caused the water to be cut off for ten days during severe heat, was due to the illegal use of thirty high-power pumps in the neighboring city of Kazeroon being used to irrigate regime-affiliated orchards late at night. Though an official verdict has been issued for the pumps to be dismantled, the governor of Kazeroon has yet to comply with the ruling.

A Nationwide Crisis

Water shortages have occurred, and continue to occur across Iran with alarming frequency, with large protests by farmers in Isfahan early this year over a lack of access to water for agriculture, as well as protests against unsafe drinking water in cities across Iran. In some regions of the Khorasan and Yazd provinces, villages have no access to drinking water. Sistan Baluchistan, Boushehr, Kermanshah, and other provinces also face serious water shortages.

Stolen Water

Iran hasn’t always had this problem. Where is the water going? The short answer is that it is being stolen by the regime.

The water of Zayanderud is being directed to industrial units belonging to the Revolutionary Guards. It would appear that this water is being used for the regime’s nuclear sites.

Iran’s drinking water supplies are being sold to neighboring countries, such as Iraq and Kuwait. The people of Iran are left in need.

And of course, as seen in the protests in Borazjan, those who are affiliated with the regime may use water as they please, in defiance of the law, even as residents of an entire city go without water for well over a week. There are two sets of rules: one for the regime and its associates and one for the people it oppresses.

The Solution

The solution to Iran’s water problem is to end the mismanagement of the country’s water resources. The regime plunders Iran’s precious water for its endless nuclear pursuits and its financial interests, and the people of Iran never see any benefit. The people see water shortages and violent suppression of any dissent to the regime’s corruption and incompetence.

The regime is incapable of reform. The only solution is regime change. The people have begun to rise up and demand a new leadership, one which values freedom and democracy, one with a plan for stability and prosperity for Iran.

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Iran protests in Borazjan over water shortages.

Iran Protests over water shortage spread to Borazjan

Iran protests in Borazjan over water shortages.

Iran Protests in Borazjan, over the water shortage and the mismanagement of the water supply be the regime.

Borazjan, in Iran’s southern province of Bushehr, is known as the land of palm trees and sunshine. The warm dry climate provides the perfect conditions for growing dates with a rich, full flavor. But under the tyrannical rule of the clerical regime, the same climate that yielded the city’s high-quality dates is exacerbating a water shortage caused by the mullahs’ mismanagement of natural resources.

The city’s residents took to the streets on July 3rd to protest the water scarcity and dire economic circumstances faced by the local population. On July 7th, the demonstration was still in full swing. The brave residents gathered in the city’s Hospital Square, chanting slogans such as “death to the dictator” and “we don’t want an incompetent government”.

On Friday, July 6th, the protestors disrupted the regime’s Friday prayer ceremony and continued well into the night. By Saturday, July 7th, the protest had entered its fourth consecutive day and is showing no signs of abating.

A water shortage caused by gross mismanagement

Shahin Pakrooh, a deputy of the regime’s state-run water and wastewater engineering company, estimated that 334 of Iran’s cities are facing water shortages. Of those 334, 107 of them are reaching a critical level.

The Iran Meteorological Organisation estimates that around 97% of the country is experiencing drought, with the Energy Ministry calling the current drought the harshest in more than 50 years. The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) called the water crisis one of Iran’s six “super-challenges” Iran faces.

Although the year has been one of the driest on record, the situation has been vastly exacerbated by the regime’s water mismanagement. The regime has systematically manipulated the natural flow of Iran’s water sources for its own financial gain. Excessive dam construction has caused lakes, rivers, and wetlands to dry up.

The mullahs’ water mismanagement has destroyed the livelihoods of those living in rural communities. A 2017 UN report warned that agricultural livelihoods are “no longer sufficient”. Many Iranians are being forced out of their homes in pursuit of economic security, abandoning their communities, and heading to the cities without shelter, work, or money.

Tensions are rising

The residents of Borazjan are the latest to protest the situation. Last week, demonstrations were also held in Khorramshahr and Khuzestan, and in April 2018, the farmers of Isfahan staged protests at the water shortage which ravaged their crops and destroyed their livelihoods.

Pakrooh added that the situation in some cities could worsen before it gets better. Isfahan, Kerman, Fars, Khorasan, and Sistan-Baluchestan provinces will face a more severe shortage before the end of summer, according to Tasnim, the state-run IRGC news station.

Repression and empty promises

Instead of offering meaningful solutions to the water crisis devastating Iran, the regime has provided nothing but violence and empty promises. In Borazjan, the regime’s promises aimed at quelling the protests were greeted by choruses of, “it’s a lie! It’s a lie!”.

In Isfahan, the response was more aggressive. According to the MEK, the regime raided protestor’s homes in the middle of the night, arresting large numbers of protestors in an attempt to prevent the protests from spreading.

Borazjan’s brave residents are speaking for the whole population of Iran. Their chants of “we don’t want an incompetent government” resonate with Iranians from all over the country who are tired of struggling to water their crops and provide drinking water for their families.

On 5th day of the water shortage, the demonstrators continued their protests till after midnight. The furious demonstrators chanted:

‘Our enemy is right here. They’re lying when they say it’s America.’
‘Leave Syria alone. Think of us instead.’

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Romanian MPs statement in condemnation of Iran's terror attack on Free Iran gathering

Romanian MPs Condemn Terror Plot Plot

Romanian MPs statement in condemnation of Iran's terror attack on Free Iran gathering

Romanian MPs statement condemning Tehran’s terror plot in Belgium

The Romanian Parliamentarians for a Free Iran responded to the recent state-sponsored terrorist plot to bomb the annual NCRI Grand Gathering in Villepinte, France, outside of Paris, on June 30th, with a statement condemning the attempted terrorist action and asking for the European Union to take a firm position against the Iranian regime. Their statement reads, in part:

“Reports from numerous sources have been published regarding the terrorist plot targeting the National Council of Resistance of Iran convention in Paris indicating an Iranian regime diplomat working in their embassy in Austria by the name of Asdollah Assadi was the mastermind behind this terror attack. The European Union has more than anywhere across the globe suffered from these atrocities.

“In the last decade of the 20th century a wave of assassinations and terror bombings against the mullahs’ political dissidents in Europe increased to such an extent that, in protest, the European Union expelled all of the Iranian regime’s ambassadors and recalled its ambassadors from Iran. This serious and firm measure forced the Iranian regime’s to pledge to the Europeans such measures will never be repeated on European soil. Receiving this pledge the European Union reestablished its diplomatic relations with the Iranian regime. However, Tehran’s policy in regards to exporting and supporting terrorism has not changed and will continue as long as this regime is in power.

“The recent terror plot in Paris, with 500 grams of explosives, is a new and unprecedented level of state-sponsored terrorism.

“The Romanian Parliamentarian Committee for a Free Iran condemns this organized crime against humanity in the heart of Europe and in a rally consisting of international dignitaries from five continents of the globe and tens of thousands of other participants. This Committee calls on the international community, especially the European Union, to carry out the necessary investigation into those operatives involved in this criminal plot and take the necessary punishing measures.”

Similar statements were also issued by “In Search of Justice,” a European committee with over 4,000 MPs, as well as Italy’s Committee of MPs and Citizens.

Meanwhile, regime President Hassan Rouhani went ahead with his visits to Switzerland and Austria, choosing to expend his efforts in an attempt to save the Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), and the regime’s future business deals despite impending sanctions due to the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA.

Rouhani decided to ignore the foiled terrorist attack, despite the fact that an Iranian diplomat in Austria was arrested in Germany in connection with the plot.

Rouhani also chose not to acknowledge that the recent terror plot took place alongside continuous terror threats by agents of the Iranian regime against MEK members in Albania. The failed plot at the NCRI gathering was a convention attended by 100,000 people, many of whom were members of the MEK.

While the regime visits Europe asking for the EU to continue to finance its activities through business dealings, back at home it works to suppress its people. It sends its agents to silence those who leave the country and tell the world of its corruption. The regime has shown it will do anything to stop the MEK, or failing that, to slow it down, including using diplomats to carry out terrorist missions.

Europe must not continue to appease the mullahs. Sanctions must be reimposed if the regime is to be stopped from this behavior. Rudy Giuliani spoke at the NCRI Grand Gathering this year and said that

Europe should be “ashamed” of itself for continuing to work with the Iranian regime.

“Anybody who thinks the ayatollahs are honest people is a fool,” he said. “They are crooks and that’s what Europe is propping up … murderers and sponsors of terrorism. Instead of taking an opportunity to topple them, [the Europeans] are now left propping them up.”

The Iranian people deserve a government that does not use its diplomats to murder the opposition. The international community does as well. The EU must reimpose sanctions. Not doing so constitutes approval of their actions.

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UAE takes firmer position on Mullah's regime

The UAE Adds Nine Iranians to a Supporters of Terrorism Blacklist

UAE takes firmer position on Mullah's regime

The UAE increases oil production to help reduce oil purchase from Iran.

Ahead of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Abu Dhabi visit on July 9th, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has placed nine Iranians on a blacklist for financing Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) activities in the region.

The identities of the nine Iranians have not been disclosed. However, their addition to the terror financing blacklist means their bank accounts have been frozen.

Who are the nine?

Although not officially named, it is suspected that the nine Iranian entities and individuals are those that appeared on a US Treasury Department list as financial supporters of terrorism which were published in May.

The individuals on the list were Mas’ud Nikbakht, Sa’id Najafpur, Mohammad Hassan Khoda’i, Mohammad Reza Khedmati Valadzghard, Meghdad Amini, Foad Salehi, and Jahan Aras Kish. Also included on the blacklist were two companies, the Rashed Exchange, and Khedmati & Company Joint Partnership.

The US Treasury Department accused the seven individuals and two entities of funneling hundreds of millions of dollars into the Iranian regime’s IRGC and Quds forces through a vast currency exchange network. In a statement released at the time, US Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said, “the Iranian regime and its Central Bank have abused access to entities in the UAE to acquire US dollars to fund the IRGC-QF’s malign activities, including to fund and arm its regional proxy groups.”

The IRGC and Quds forces are disrupting forces in the region. They are active in the Syrian conflict and have supplied Houthi forces in Yemen with weapons and military advisers. Iranian opposition leader and President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, has urged the international community to tackle the regime’s warmongering activities.

The UAE supports Tougher stance towards the Iranian regime

The latest move to freeze Iranian bank accounts in the UAE is a statement of support from the Emirati government. The UAE supported Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal and has backed the US decision to reimpose economic sanctions on the Iranian regime.

On his personal Twitter account, UAE Minister of State and Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash, pledged his support to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after Pompeo announced the policy decision in May. Gargash said, “Uniting [our] efforts is the correct path for Iran to realize the futility of its incursions and expansionism”.

The US and the UAE enjoy close diplomatic ties. The UAE hosts 5,000 American troops and its port of Dubai is the US Navy’s busiest port abroad.

Striking the heart of the IRGC

The UAE is also working with the US to end constrict Iran’s oil revenues. The IRGC controls around 40% of the Iranian economy and is one of the main beneficiaries of Iran’s underground economy, estimated to be worth between US$100 and US$140 billion.

In an attempt to strike at IRGC oil revenues, the US has urged the international community to stop importing Iranian oil. To help end the global community’s reliance on Iranian oil, the US issued a statement to OPEC calling on other oil-producing nations to increase their oil production.

The UAE has answered the call. State-run Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. announced it will meet its goal of increasing oil production by an extra 200,000 barrels per day by the end of 2018. Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s largest oil producer, increased its oil production by 700,000 barrels per day in June 2018.

Faced with the prospect of being squeezed out of the oil market, the Iranian regime has responded with threats. In a speech to Iranian expatriates in Europe, Hassan Rouhani, regime’s president threatened to respond by closing the Strait of Hormuz. He said, “if Iran’s crude oil exports were threatened, the rest of the Mideast’s would be as well”.

One thing is clear. The mullahs will receive no assistance from the UAE. As the mullahs face shifting attitudes among the international community, their revenue channels face disruption.

The decision to freeze nine Iranian bank accounts in the UAE is a strong signal to the mullahs. The UAE and other players in the Middle East are not willing to tolerate the mullahs’ destabilizing activities and will oppose the regime anyway it can. Without a steady stream of oil revenue, and with a growing resistance movement at home the mullahs are running out of options.

Staff Writer

 

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