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Statement by the MEPs call on blacklisting the Iranian regime

Ten MEPs Issue a Statement Calling for the Iranian Regime to be Added to an EU Blacklist

Statement by the MEPs call on blacklisting the Iranian regime

A statement signed by a large number of MEPs express concerns about the Iranian regime’s terrorist activities in Albania, targeting MEK, and call on EU to blacklist the Iranian regime.

On October 20th, ten members of the European Parliament (MEPs) from nine different countries came together to issue a statement on the Iranian regime’s vilification of the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK).

Members of the Iranian opposition group are currently living in exile in Albania. They have been the subject of extensive social media campaigns aimed at discrediting and demonizing them and their President-elect, Maryam Rajavi.

The ten MEPs called on the European Union to add the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) to its terrorist blacklist over its persistent deployment of violence against the MEK.

A Campaign of Violence

The statement comes at the tail-end of an aggressive campaign of aggression towards the MEK. In June, an Iranian diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, was arrested by European authorities for his involvement in a plot to attack the MEK at its annual Grand Gathering in Paris.

Assadi, an explosives expert, had provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with homemade explosives and detailed instructions on how to carry out the attack, which planned to use an explosive-laden car to wreak death and destruction on the members of the Iranian opposition in attendance.

Iranian agents had also previously been arrested and expelled in Albania. The Albanian authorities uncovered a similar plot to attack MEK members at their compound near the Albanian capital during the Persian New Year celebrations.

In conjunction with the regime’s campaign of violence, the regime has embarked on a coordinated online campaign aimed at demonizing the MEK and swaying international opinion.

Twitter recently suspended 770 accounts with suspected ties to the Iranian regime. Many of the accounts posted damaging and derogatory content about the MEK and other Iranian opposition groups.

The accounts were operating under the guise of foreign journalists or US citizens to influence public opinion in the United States and across the Western world. Between the 770 accounts, 10 million anti-MEK and pro-regime Tweets were published. Some of the Tweets also attacked the regime’s enemies in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia and Israel. They also shared links to regime-affiliated media outlets.

A Threat to the Refugees in Albania

The MEPs’ statement called on the Albanian government to expel the Iranian agents operating in the country and place the Iranian regime on the EU and the US list of international terror organizations.

As the world saw with the case of Assadi, many agents operate outside of international law. Their covert operations undermine the Albanian government’s authority. The presence of the regime’s agents has a destabilizing effect on any country they operate in.

Should the European Union heed the advice of its MEPs, it would strike a blow to the Iranian regime at a time when it already faces increasing domestic and international pressures.

Inclusion on a European blacklist would mean visas are no longer granted to the regime’s agents, and those already operating on EU soil would likely be expelled.

This would go some way towards dismantling the regime’s web of terror across Europe and curb its ability to launch an international terror attack like the one it had planned in Paris.

The European community and the world cannot afford to postpone its action until after there is a devastating attack on European soil resulting in a significant loss of human life. The EU and its heads of state must be proactive and add the clerical regime to its terrorist blacklist.

If it doesn’t, there is no predicting how catastrophic the next terror attack could be, both for the MEK, and native European citizens caught up in the chaos.

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The Iranian Regime’s International Web of Terror and Violence Serves to Divert Attention Away from Its Domestic Crisis

Iranian regime's terrorist activities abroad

Photo Credit to Washington Times: Top IRGC commanders plotted on the front line in the northern province of Aleppo, Syria.The Iranian backed invasion that left thousands of civilians killed and tens of thousands displaced.

A report from The Washington Times on Sunday, October 21st, drew public attention to the Iranian regime’s terrorist cells operating under the guise of diplomatic outposts.

The piece by Rowan Scarborough, entitled “Iranian Terrorists Lurk Abroad in Guise of Diplomats, Dissidents Report”, discussed the regime’s activities in places like Austria, Iraq, and Albania, where Iranian embassies have become hotbeds for terrorist activities.

The article referred to a report from the Iranian National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) which explored the Iranian regime’s state-sponsored terrorism in Europe as well as its meddling in conflicts in the Middle East.

Diverting Attention Away from Domestic Crisis

The piece suggests that the mullahs may be using terrorism as a means of diverting the Iranian public’s attention away from the escalating crisis within Iran. The NCRI report states that the “regime has funneled billions of dollars to finance its belligerent war agenda in the Middle East while the majority of Iran’s people are living in poverty”.

“If the regime fails to inflame wars outside Iran’s borders”, it continued, “it [the regime] would have to fight for survival in Iran’s borders”.

The Iranian regime has supported terrorist organizations across the Middle East, including Hezbollah. Its fingerprints are on every major conflict in the region, including the civil war in Syria, and the war in Yemen.

In Syria, the regime-affiliated Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) have a presence of over 100,000 troops. They are working with Assad’s forces, who have received credible accusations of using chemical weapons against the civilian population to retain power.

The NCRI estimates that the mullahs may have contributed as much as $100 billion to Assad’s campaign in Syria. The money was likely spent on constructing field bases, paying Syrian troops, and purchasing Russian weapons.

In Iraq, the Iranian ambassador, Iraj Masjedi, controls several prominent Shia militia groups. It is estimated he controls more than 100,000 troops in the country and is likely an active part of the anti-American forces working within the country.

There are also signs that the Iranian regime is working to extend its influence in Iraq. Major General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC, has made several visits to the country, the most recent of which is believed to have been in August.

“He is trying to threaten and intimidate various parties and groups to secure a larger share of power for the Iranian regime”, the NCRI report states.

A Web of Violence and Terror

In Europe, there are similar signs of regime-sponsored violence. In June, Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat based in the Iranian embassy in Austria was detained by European authorities.

The explosive’s expert was arrested for his role in a foiled terror attack against the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) in Paris. The diplomat turned terrorist provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with homemade explosives with instructions of how to carry out the planned car bombing at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering.

A German court has since approved Assadi’s extradition to Belgium, where he will face charges over the allegations.

The Washington Times article reports that: Gholamhossein Mohammadnia, the Iranian ambassador to Albania, also has extensive links to the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS). Albania is of particular importance to the clerical regime. It is the home of the MEK, the Iranian opposition group living in exile.

Since the MEK fled to Albania, the Iranian regime has bolstered its small embassy in the country into “one of the most important Iranian embassies in Europe”.

The Washington Times article wrote that further up the chain of command is Reza Amiri Moghadam. The NCRI reports that MOIS agents from across Europe report to Moghadam in Tehran. “He is the key figure for the regime’s terrorist operations outside Iran, particularly in Europe and the US”, an NCRI report said.

London NCRI Press Conference Reveals New Information About the Regime’s Terror Activities

The Iranian resistance and their allies must condemn the regime’s destabilizing efforts across the globe while ensuring its actions do not divert attention from the domestic crisis in Iran. Only then can it oppose the regime’s violence, without furthering its domestic goals.

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Assadi’s Extradition Follows Months of Lies and Drama from Iranian Regime

Iranian regime's diplomat-terrorist, Assadollah Assadi

Iranian regime diplomat-terrorist that was arrested on July 1st for his role in masterminding the foiled terror plot to bomb Free Iran Rally in France

On October 10th, Belgian prosecutors announced that Iranian regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi and three other Iranians were charged with attempting to bomb the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) annual gathering outside of Paris in June. This announcement came after months of drama, threats, lies, and pressure from the Iranian regime after a foiled terrorist attack that could have killed or injured hundreds and led to war if it had been successful.

Foiled Attack on Free Iran Gathering

On June 30th, 2018, tens of thousands of supporters of the MEK, along with foreign dignitaries and political figures from around the world gathered outside of Paris for the NCRI’s annual gathering.

On the day of the gathering, Belgian police arrested Nasimeh Naami and Amir Saadouni, a Belgian couple of Iranian descent, en route to the gathering carrying 500 grams of TATP explosives and a detonator.

French police arrested another Iranian that day at the site of the rally. The man, identified only as Mehrdad A., is accused of being an accomplice in the foiled bombing.

German police arrested Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi the following day after he stopped for gas outside of Aschaffenburg, Germany. Police called in a bomb squad to search his rented van, fearful that he might also be in possession of explosives. Assadi is charged with plotting the attack and personally delivering the explosives to the couple who was arrested in Belgium.

Pushback from the Iranian Regime

The attempted terrorist attack on the NCRI gathering by an Iranian diplomat created a political disaster for the mullahs’ regime in multiple countries in Western Europe.

Before his arrest, Assadi was an Iranian diplomat and a high-ranking Ministry for the regime’s Intelligence and Security (MOIS) officer, working as a station chief in the Iranian embassy in Austria.

The regime immediately attempted to shift blame for the foiled attack away from the regime and its operatives. On July 2nd, regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif accused the MEK of plotting an attack on itself to distract attention from one of regime President Rouhani’s trips to Europe. tweeting:

“How convenient: Just as we embark on a presidential visit to Europe, an alleged Iranian operation and its “plotters” arrested. Iran unequivocally condemns all violence & terror anywhere, and is ready to work with all concerned to uncover what is a sinister false flag ploy.”

The spokesperson for the regime Foreign Ministry Bahram Qassemi then told reporters that Iran had evidence that a terrorist organization (other than the Iranian regime) planned the attack. He could not produce any of this evidence, but he assured anyone who would listen that Iran definitely had it.

“The latest scenario has been planned and carried out to damage Iran-Europe ties amid such sensitive and crucial times,” claimed Qassemi.

European Courts Act Swiftly

Austria responded to the Assadi’s arrest swiftly, asking Iran to strip him of his diplomatic status. Austria gave Iran 48 hours to comply with its request, and when Iran refused, did so itself.

Belgian authorities requested Assadi’s extradition, on the grounds that the Assadi gave explosives to the couple who was arrested while they were all in Belgium.

German prosecutors charged Assadi with activity as a foreign agent and conspiracy to commit murder. According to the prosecutors, Assadi is a member of the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, whose tasks “primarily include the intensive observation and combating of opposition groups inside and outside of Iran.”

Assadi’s defense attorneys attempted to argue that he has diplomatic immunity under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and could not be tried for his crimes. Sources report that Iranian officials planned to pressure the Austrian government to send Assadi back to Iran if he was released from German detention so that he could avoid facing justice at all.

On October 1st, the Bamberg State Court in Germany approved Assadi’s extradition, saying in its ruling that diplomatic immunity did not apply because Assadi was not in Austria or Iran when the crime occurred.

France’s Response

On October 2nd, French intelligence confirmed that the MOIS ordered the attack. A French intelligence source told Reuters:

“Behind all this was a long, meticulous and detailed investigation by our (intelligence) services that enabled us to reach the conclusion, without any doubt, that responsibility fell on the intelligence ministry.”

France acted on this information by seizing all assets belonging to Iran’s intelligence services, as well as the assets of two Iranian nationals. The Foreign, Interior, and Economic Ministers released a joint statement that said: “An attempted attack in Villepinte was foiled on June 30. An incident of such gravity on our national territory could not go unpunished.” France’s Macron had previously warned about a firm response.”

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Asadollah Assadi arraigned in Belgium court for terrorism

Iranian Diplomat-Terrorist and Accomplices Arraigned in Belgian Court on Terrorism Charges

Asadollah Assadi arraigned in Belgium court for terrorism

Asadollah Assadi, Iranian regime diplomat-terrorist charged in a Belgian court on terrorism a day after being extradited to Belgium.

On Wednesday, Iranian diplomat-terrorist Asadollah Assadi was arraigned in a Belgian court on terrorism charges after being extradited from Germany on Tuesday. He and three other members of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) will all stand trial on terrorism charges.

Assadi is an Iranian regime diplomat who planned a foiled terrorist attack against the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) annual gathering this year in Paris. The event was attended by tens of thousands of people, including foreign dignitaries and politicians from all over the world, as well as tens of thousands of MEK supporters. Assadi and his associates plotted to detonate a bomb at the gathering.

Two suspects were arrested in Belgium on the day of the gathering carrying 500 grams of. TATP explosives. The couple was on their way to the gathering when they were stopped by police. The fourth suspect was arrested in France and extradited to Belgium. Assadi is accused of masterminding the plot and personally delivering the explosives to the couple who was tasked with detonating the bomb.

Last week, the French government responded to the situation by freezing all French assets belonging to the two Iranian agents involved in the plot against the MEK. They also froze all assets belonging to the MOIS.

The regime denied the charges and demanded the release of Assadi. They have claimed that he has diplomatic immunity in the case. The regime has also attempted to threaten, pressure, and make offers to the European community to secure Assadi’s return to Austria.

On October 1st, Bamberg, Germany’s high court ruled against the regime, saying that, “All the conditions have been met and there is no obstacle before extradition.”
Further, it read, the defendants could not “cite diplomatic immunity” as they had previously hoped.

The MEK uncovered Assadi’s criminal past ten years ago. He has participated in regime-sponsored assassinations thirty years, targeting the MEK.

The most recent terrorist plot against the MEK was planned at the highest levels. The decision to attack the MEK was originally planned by the regime’s Supreme National Security Council, chaired by Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani, and attended by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zari. Final approval was given by regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. The details of the plot were then planned by Asadollah Assadi.

The people’s uprising that began last December and continues today has weakened the regime. They have resorted to acts of terror against the MEK in a desperate attempt to hold onto power. The plot against the MEK in June was the second foiled terrorist plot against the MEK this year. Another terrorist plot by the regime targeting MEK members in Albania was uncovered in March. In August, two MOIS members were arrested in the United States for spying on MEK members on behalf of the Iranian regime. It is clear that the mullahs’ regime views the MEK as an existential threat and is doing everything in its power to bring down the organization through terrorist acts.

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MEK supporters protest in Berlin demanding extradition of Iran's diplomat terrorists

Regime Diplomat Terrorist Extradited by German Court

MEK supporters protest in Berlin demanding extradition of Iran's diplomat terrorists

Supporters of the MEK hold placards reading ‘Deliver the Iranian diplomat – terrorist to Belgium’ during a demonstration calling for the extradition of a secret service officer to Belgium in front of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin on July 11, 2018.

On Monday, the Bamberg region of Germany’s Supreme Court agreed to extradite Iranian regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi to Belgium to face charges related to the foiled terrorist attack against the annual National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) gathering in June. The court’s statement affirmed that “all extradition conditions have been met and there are no barriers to extradition.” It further stated that Assadi and the five other defendants in the case could not invoke diplomatic immunity and that “the continuation of the extradition proceedings is the responsibility of the general prosecutor in Bamberg.”

This year’s NCRI gathering, entitled Free Iran: The Alternative, was held on June 30th in Paris. The annual event was attended by tens of thousands of participants, including MEK members, as well as politicians and dignitaries from around the world. Notable speakers included President-elect of the NCRI Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, former Mayor of New York City Rudolph Giuliani, and former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, along with many others.

 

German police arrested a couple carrying a suitcase full of explosives on the day of the gathering. The couple was en route to the convention center to detonate the bomb when they were arrested. An investigation by European authorities revealed that Assadi had personally delivered the explosives to the couple and ordered the attack. Assadi was arrested, along with the couple and two other people found to be complicit in the terrorist plot.

 

The extradition of Assadi is a major blow to the clerical Iranian regime, who has fought to bring Assadi back to Iran since his arrest on July 1st.

The regime claimed that Assadi had diplomatic immunity and could extradite and brought to trial in Germany, but Monday’s court ruling struck down that argument, writing, “The wanted man cannot cite diplomatic immunity because he was on a several day holiday trip outside his host state Austria and not traveling between his host country and the state that dispatched him.”

The Iranian regime as a whole and Assadi, in particular, have singled out the MEK as targets of terrorist attacks in the past, and the MEK first issued warnings about Assadi’s actions in Iraq ten years ago, when he served as the regime’s third secretary of the Iranian embassy in Baghdad.

 

The regime has stepped up their activities against the MEK since the popular uprising began in Iran last December.  In March of this year, another terrorist plot by the regime against the MEK in Albania was foiled. In August, two regime intelligence agents were arrested in the United States for spying on MEK members.

 

The NCRI and the Iranian Opposition movement demand that European countries expel the Iranian regime’s diplomats and close all regime embassies. The Iranian regime has a proven record of carrying out terrorist attacks in their host countries. The NCRI also urges all European countries to take decisive action against the Iranian regime and to expel all regime intelligence agents who work under the guise of journalists, businessmen, and other false identities.

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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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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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