The European Union Agrees to Consider the Imposition of Sanctions Against the Regime
On Monday, November 19th, the Foreign Ministers of the European Union decided that the EU would consider imposing sanctions on the Iranian regime. The move comes just weeks after an Iranian agent was arrested on Danish soil for orchestrating a plot to assassinate a political opponent of the Iranian regime in Denmark, and several months after a high-profile terror plot was foiled before it could wreak havoc in Paris.
Just spoke to Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. I made clear that the plot of an Iranian intelligence agency to assassinate a person on Danish soil is completely unacceptable. Denmark is discussing a joint response with European partners.#dkpol
— Anders Samuelsen (@anderssamuelsen) November 2, 2018
Denmark Foreign Minister’s tweet after the arrest of the Iranian regime’s terrorist
A Firm Stance is Needed
In recent weeks, many in Europe have been calling for a much firmer response to Iranian aggression. Protestors gathered in Brussels to call on members of the European Parliament (MEPs) to introduce sanctions against the regime and close embassies on European soil with known terror links.
There is also an emerging consensus for strong action among MEPs themselves. 150 MEPs signed a statement last week calling for the expulsion of Iranian diplomats suspected of espionage and terrorist activities from European embassies.
Meget tilfreds m fuld EU-opbakning til Danmark i Iran-sag. Stærk konklusion fra @federicamog. Besluttet at igangsætte ny fase i arbejdet, som Danmarks diplomater nu kaster sig ind i. Målet er fortsat sanktioner #dkpol
— Anders Samuelsen (@anderssamuelsen) November 19, 2018
Denmark’s Foreign Minister’s remarks after the EU session on Monday, November 19, 2018:
Translation: Very happy with full EU support for Denmark in Iran-case. Strong conclusion from @federicamog. decided to launch a new phase in the work that Denmark’s diplomats are now throwing into. The objective remains sanctions #dkpol
The Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi also expressed the need for unity and strength in the face of increased regime aggression.
The Iranian Resistance Has Long Called for a Stronger European Stance
The Iranian resistance and political organization, including the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), has been urging the European Parliament and individual governments to coordinate a united response to regime aggression.
The leader of the Iranian opposition, president-elect Maryam Rajavi has suggested the regime’s inclusion on the European Union’s terrorist blacklist. Its entry would show the regime that Europe will not tolerate its terrorist activities within its borders. It would also show regime agents and diplomats that if they engage in terrorist activities, they will be held accountable and feel the full weight of European law.
Lauding #Denmark for reacting decisively to terrorism by the Iranian regime which has already carried out hundreds of extra-territorial terrorist operations. Do not believe the fallacy of rogue groups. #dkpol
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) October 30, 2018
The Largest Terrorist Regime in the World
The Iranian regime, with its Qods Forces, Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) make up the largest state-sponsored terrorist machine in the world.
The recent foiled terror attacks in France and Albania were ordered by senior members of the Iranian regime, including Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader Khamenei.
Additionally, regime embassies and consulates have provided fronts for which espionage and terror activities occur undetected. In the foiled attack in Paris, an Iranian diplomat from the regime’s embassy in Austria named Assadollah Assadi provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with the explosive material to be used in the attack.
This demonstrates that the regime and its diplomats are not merely passive observers but play an active, and even critical, role in the planning and execution of terrorist attacks across the globe.
The regime cannot get away with this. The very existence of a regime embassy on European soil represents a danger and a threat to local European citizens. Diplomats and embassies with known links to terrorism must be expelled and closed. Europe must deal with the Iranian threat head on through tough sanctions and decisive diplomatic action. Without it, every citizen in Europe is at risk.