Iranian Regime Poses Increasing Terror Threat to the West
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) recently reported that the Iranian regime’s “terrorist threat and terror games” in the United States and Europe have “rapidly intensified” over the course of the past year as a result of their escalating campaign to eliminate the MEK and the Iranian Opposition.
The NCRI and MEK have argued for years that the Iranian regime is responsible for the exportation of terrorism throughout the world, but it is only recently that leaders in the U.S. and Europe have begun to take the threat seriously. Now, in the wake of a series of terrorist activities in 2018 by the Iranian regime, some world leaders have begun to fear that the regime might be planning to launch future attacks in the West.
A Firm Policy toward the Mullahs
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI, argued that the Iranian regime must face consequences for its past actions in order to prevent such attacks. She urged the U.S. and E.U. to adopt a firm policy against the mullahs, including the blacklisting of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and the expulsion of regime intelligence agents.
Recognition of the National Council of Resistance of #Iran, as the sole democratic alternative to the terrorist religious dictatorship in Iran, is imperative to rectifying and ending the disastrous U.S. policy of appeasement over the past four decades. #FreeIran pic.twitter.com/waLXp3doX2
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 18, 2019
“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,” said Mrs. Rajavi.
We have always urged western governments to be firm against the mullahs’ terrorist dictatorship. Today, we call for the expulsion of the mercenaries of the mullahs’ Intelligence and the terrorist Qods Force from the U.S. and #Europe.
— Maryam Rajavi (@Maryam_Rajavi) January 14, 2019
Mrs. Rajavi’s comments came a day after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo discussed the “very real” threat posed by Iran at the Davos World Economic Forum on Tuesday.
A History of Terrorist Activities
In 2018, the Iranian regime was responsible for a number of attempted terrorist actions and foiled attacks on foreign soil.
In March, two Iranian agents posing as journalists were arrested in Albania with a truck loaded with explosives. The truck was set to be detonated at the MEK headquarters in Tirana (Ashraf 3), which is home to 3,000 MEK members. The bombing was to coincide with the MEK’s celebration of the Persian New Year (Nowruz).
On June 30th, German authorities arrested an Iranian couple posing as MEK members with 500 grams of TATP explosives in their possession. They were en route to the annual gathering of the NCRI, which was attended by tens of thousands of MEK members, as well as hundreds of international politicians, world leaders, and dignitaries. Regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi was arrested later that day for masterminding the attack and supplying the explosives. He is currently standing trial on terrorist charges in Belgium, along with the Iranian couple and another man who was arrested outside of the gathering.
In August, two Iranian Intelligence Ministry agents, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, were arrested in the United States for spying on MEK members on behalf of the Iranian regime.
In October, an Iranian-Norwegian citizen was arrested in Denmark for a failed attack on an Iranian dissident.
The E.U. Takes Action
On January 8, 2019, the European Union decided to take action against the Iranian regime in response to some of its most egregious terrorist actions in 2018, which was a marked departure from its usual policy of appeasement toward the mullahs at all costs. The E.U. added the MOIS and its Director General, Saeid Hashemi Moghadam, to its terror list. Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen called the action “a huge victory.”
“No other country’s intelligence services are on the terror list. So it’s a very clear signal we send to Iran today,” Samuelsen declared.
Elham Zanjani and Elahe Arj from the Women’s Committee of the NCRI said that these actions are only the first steps toward ending the policy of appeasement. They 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.”