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