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New fresh Iran-related sanctions issued by the US

The United States on Thursday targeted two Iran-backed foreign fighter militias in Syria and an airline that helps ferry weapons to Syria in fresh sanctions as Washington prepares for a military withdrawal from the war-torn country.

“The brutal Iranian regime exploits refugee communities in Iran, deprives them of access to basic services such as education, and uses them as human shields for the Syrian conflict,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“Treasury’s targeting of Iran-backed militias and other foreign proxies is part of our ongoing pressure campaign to shut down the illicit networks the regime uses to export terrorism and unrest across the globe,” he said in a statement.

The two Iranian-backed fighting units and two airlines, Iran-based Qeshm Fars Air and Armenia-based Flight Travel LLC, are linked to Iran’s Mahan Air and Iran’s elite military unit, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force, both of which are already blacklisted, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.

The Fatemiyoun Division and Zaynabiyoun Brigade are being designated for providing material support to the IRGC-QF, the statement said.

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Iran regime must be pressured to abide by UN resolutions

Saudi Arabia called on the Security Council to pressure Iran to abide by UN resolutions for a comprehensive political solution in Yemen.

Addressing the Security Council on the situation in the Middle East, the Kingdom’s Permanent Representative to UN Ambassador Abdullah Al-Mouallimi said any political solution in Yemen must guarantee the sovereignty of the state, unity of armed forces, the commitment to the Gulf initiative, the national dialogue and relevant Security Council resolutions.

He said Saudi Arabia will continue to support the Yemeni people, their legitimate leadership and respond to humanitarian needs.

Mouallimi said that the Iranian-backed Houthis are not interested in peace as was confirmed by the attack on Al-Anad Military Base in Yemen by an Iranian made unmanned aircraft.

He also reiterated the Kingdom’s unequivocal rejection of all Israeli illegal policies, practices and plans as well as its attempts to perpetuate racial discrimination against the Palestinian people to obliterate their national identity and to undermine their legitimate rights.

He called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities and immediately intervene to stop settlement projects and provide protection for the Palestinian people.

He also urged the Security Council and the international community to force the Israeli occupation authorities to implement international resolutions, lift the siege on the Gaza Strip and open the crossings immediately and permanently and end the humanitarian and economic crisis affecting the Palestinian people.

“My country stresses the importance of a comprehensive and lasting peace in the Middle East as a strategic option to end the Arab-Israeli conflict in accordance with the international prerogatives and the Arab peace initiative of 2002, which was presented by my country and included the establishment of a Palestinian state on the borders of June 4, 1967, with Jerusalem as its capital and end the Israeli occupation of all Arab territories, including the Syrian Arab Golan and the Lebanese territories.”

He also said that the Kingdom’s government stresses the importance of reaching a just political solution to put an end to the suffering of Syrians all over the world and demand the withdrawal of all foreign forces and foreign fighters, especially the Iranian forces and their militias from all Syrian territory.

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Iran continues with its nuclear activities

Ali Akbar Salehi, vice-president of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI), has stated that Iran will transfer 30 tons of “yellow cake” (a raw material used to produce nuclear fuel) from the production site in Ardakan to Isfahan. Salehi did not mention the name of the installation, but it seems that he was referring to the UCF (uranium conversion facility) in Natanz.

Salehi suggested that Iran would continue to “discover and mine” uranium, construct two additional nuclear power reactors in the Bushehr province as planned, and continue with its activities at the heavy water reactor in Arak.

Iran has purchased new equipment for the facility and did not even fill in the core of the reactor with cement in January 2016 in accordance with the nuclear deal (also known as the JCPOA) because “if we had done that, there would not be a reactor.” In accordance with the JCPOA, Iran was required to fill the calandria, or reactor core, at the Arak facility with cement to render it unusable. On Jan. 16, 2016, the IAEA Board of Governors released a report by the Director General, which confirmed that Iran had removed and “rendered inoperable” the Arak facility’s calandria. Salehi clarified that Iran under JCPOA removed the calandria from the Arak reactor and poured cement into metal tubes contained within fuel bundles.

In January 2016, several other reports of the removal of the core of the reactor and filling it in with cement were also published. Some of these have since been denied, and the issue continues to arouse dispute within Iran among the supporters and the opponents of the nuclear agreement.

During an interview (on Jan. 22, 2019) on the Face to Face program5 (Channel 4, TV-IRIB) that was part of commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, Salehi criticized claims by the conservative camp that Iran had completely sealed the core of the reactor. He claimed that images published at the time were photo-shopped, and Iran was never required (in the agreement) to seal the core of the reactor with cement. Instead, this applied to other parts of it. He added that construction on the heavy water reactor in Arak was not completed during the time of the debates on the nuclear deal. Salehi emphasized throughout the interview, which discussed the achievements of the Iranian nuclear deal, its progress also during the implementation of the nuclear agreement.

In the same context, Behrooz Kamalvandi, spokesman for the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, stated that Iran is redesigning the heavy water reactor in Arak with Chinese aid, but it can also do so without any assistance. The partnership with China is supposed to speed up the completion of the program. He defined Iran’s nuclear plan as “logical” and said that even with the cancelation of the nuclear agreement, there would not be any change.7

Salehi said that “as one who is responsible for all technical aspects (of the nuclear program),” he was “thankful to Allah for the way in which the discussions relating to the technical aspects of the nuclear talks were conducted, as they left so many breaches in the agreement that Iran was able to exploit, doing things that the other side could not claim were a violation of the nuclear agreement. [Emphasis added.] We can manufacture UF4 (uranium tetrafluoride) and continue with the technical work.”

“Iran has lost nothing as a result of signing the agreement,” Salehi continued, “and history will prove this. We have preserved our capabilities in the field of enrichment. We are providing products for other industries and are continuing to manufacture new centrifuges. We are doing everything we need to do, but this time in the right way.”

Salehi also said that Iran has developed its own nuclear technology and it has not encountered any restrictions with regard to research and development of this technology. He added that, “The restrictions are primarily connected to the manufacture of advanced centrifuges over a period of eight years. … The Europeans need eight years to assemble centrifuges, from the planning stages until they become operational. For Iran, it takes 10 years. … Over the past three years, we have injected gas into IR-8 centrifuges. We are encountering many problems with these. Many more tests are required for everyone to succeed in the goal of reaching mass production capability. … More time is needed for additional tests, but we are already able to mass produce the IR-8.8, 9

During the interview, Salehi was asked what the advantages were of Iran remaining in the nuclear agreement. He replied that during the negotiations for the nuclear deal, he presented Iran’s situation to Iran’s leadership (including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei). He described the halting of its tanker fleet, the drop in oil exports to below one million barrels a day, and how he had gone from one country to another in an attempt to bypass the sanctions …
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Iranian general Qasem Soleimani launches war of attrition against Israel

The firing of an Iranian missile from Syrian territory on Jan. 20 over the Golan Heights towards Mount Hermon, which was crowded with tourists, was a particularly dangerous and serious event. According to senior IDF sources, the Iranians were preparing this response for quite a while.

IDF spokesman Brig. Gen. Ronen Manelis stated that it was a major decision taken a long time ago by the Iranians, and the firing of the missile was an Iranian attempt to attack Israel.

By firing the missile towards Israel, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards tried to give Israel the same signal that it received from the terror organizations in Gaza several months ago. Then Hamas changed the rules of the game from what they had been since the ceasefire agreement brokered at the end of “Operation Protective Edge” in summer 2014. Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza presented a new equation, according to which “fire will be answered by fire.”

Iran is adopting the same policy: Every Israeli attack on Iranian targets inside Syrian territory will be met with an Iranian response firing towards Israel.

This is the strategy of Gen. Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard, who is trying to ignite a war of attrition on the northern border, comprised of brief clashes, similar to those Israel has been experiencing on the Gaza border since March 30, 2018.

Israel made the mistake of coming to terms with the general change in the rules of the game that was imposed upon it by terror organizations in Gaza. This mistake has been interpreted as weakness and has had ramifications on the northern border. Soleimani reckons that he will manage to change the rules of the game also on the northern border by firing missiles at Israel.

The Israeli response to the firing of Iranian missiles at the Hermon was expressed by an extensive attack on the Iranian Quds Force in Syria on Jan. 21. It was a correct and justified response. Israel attacked more than 10 Iranian and Syrian targets. Now it has to wait and see if the message has been understood by the Iranian side. If it has not, Israel will need to find a reason as quickly as possible to strike another painful blow against the Quds Force in Syria to make sure that the message is understood.

Israel does not need to worry. The previous Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot defined these things correctly in an interview that he gave The New York Times on Jan. 12, in which he said: “Iranian Gen. Qasem Soleimani’s error was choosing a playground where he is relatively weak. We have complete intelligence superiority in this area. We enjoy complete aerial superiority. We have strong deterrence, and we have the justification to act.”

Israel needs to return to its ambiguous policy with regard to everything connected to its military activities in Syria. Israel’s admission that it was responsible for hundreds of attacks inside Syrian territory hit the most sensitive nerves of Iranian and Syrian honor, humiliated their leadership, and strengthened their motivation to attack Israel to “restore their dignity.”

Does claiming credit cause humiliation?

Israel’s combative statements through the media are perceived as acts of provocation. Broad Iranian statements regarding the destruction of the State of Israel must not provoke us. It is possible to pass these messages on in a different way, not through words but through deeds, primarily through attacks on targets inside Syrian territory without taking responsibility for them.

The situation in Syria is currently different from that which prevailed at the beginning of the civil war. Russia is a true ally of Syria, and it is Russian President Vladimir Putin who holds the reins.

Therefore, intensive political activity needs to be invested in getting closer to Russia again and reaching new understandings with it about anything connected to Israeli military activity against Iranian entrenchment in Syria.

Putin’s main interest is to achieve stability in Syria to preserve President Bashar Assad’s regime. The Israeli message needs to be that there will be no stability in Syria if Iran continues with its military entrenchment and its attempts to arm Hezbollah with accurate rockets and create another front against Israel in the Golan Heights.

The Russians did not keep their promise to Israel to distance the Iranians from the Syrian border with Israel. The latest Iranian missile was fired from a zone that Russia committed to be Iranian-free. The Israeli attacks need to be precise, with a preference for the bases and installations that Iran constructed in the Damascus region and close to the border.

Assad is allowing the Iranians to run wild and attack Israel from Syrian territory, and it will also need to pay the price. An Israeli strike on one of the symbols of the Syrian government can definitely show the Syrian president what is waiting for him if …
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Iran regime’s stepping up terror threat to west

The Iranian Regime’s “terrorist threat and terror games” in Europe and the US have “rapidly intensified” in the past year as the mullahs have stepped up their elimination campaign against their opponents, according to Iranian opposition coalition the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

The pro-regime-change faction has long advised that Iran is responsible for state-sponsored terrorism worldwide, something that the US administration has also begun to realise, but now the fear is that there are yet more Iranian-sponsored terror attacks headed for the West.

The NCRI’s president-elect Maryam Rajavi argued that the US and EU needed to adopt a firm policy against the mullahs, which should include “blacklisting” of the Ministry of Intelligence and the Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and expelling their intelligence agents

Rajavi said: “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.”

Her comments come shortly after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned the Davos World Economic Forum on Tuesday about the “very real” threat posed by Iran.

Previous Iranian attacks

The NCRI has highlighted a series of foiled terrorist attacks and terror-related arrests throughout 2018 to show how dangerous Iran is.

In March, two Iranian agents posing as journalists were arrested by Albanian authorities for terrorist activities after a truck loaded with explosives was set to attack the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) headquarters in Tirana, where 3,000 refugees are based.

Then, in early June, the Netherlands expelled two Iranian diplomats for an attack on an Iranian opposition leader. On June 30, European authorities foiled a bomb attack against an NCRI rally in Paris, which was attended by over 100,000 people and an Iranian diplomat stationed in Vienna was arrested in Germany for plotting the attack and supplying the explosive.

While in August, the US announced the arrest of two Iranian Intelligence Ministry agents, Ahmadreza Mohammadi Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, who was “spying on” and “plotting against” the NCRI and MEK. Then, in October, an Iranian-Norwegian citizen was arrested in Denmark for a failed attack on an Iranian opponent.

Finally, on January 8, 2019, the EU decided to add the Iranian intelligence agency and its director general Saeid Hashemi Moghadam to its terror list in response to some of these attacks. This move welcomed by Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, who called it “a huge victory”.

He said: “No other country’s intelligence services are on the terror list. So it’s a very clear signal we send to Iran today.”

Elham Zanjani and Elahe Arj from the Women’s Committee of the NCRI 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.”

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Iran sentences prominent journalist to five years

The official IRNA news agency reports that an Iranian court has sentenced a prominent journalist to five years in prison.

IRNA said Wednesday the court found Yashar Soltani guilty of false reporting and insulting entities. In recent years, Soltani has routinely published reports on corruption in Iranian public agencies.

Authorities in recent months have also detained several other journalists and activists on security-related charges.

On Tuesday, authorities took three writers — Reza Mahabadi, Keivan Bajan and Bektash Abtin — into custody after they failed to provide sufficient bail following allegations of plotting against national security.

Another court Tuesday sentenced two activists, Reza Khandan and Farhad Mesami, to six years in prison each. In December, a court sentenced journalist Hamed Aynehvand to six years.

All the verdicts are subject to appeal.

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U.S. takes major steps against Iran regime’s cyber threat

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken the unprecedented step of issuing an emergency directive to demand that government agencies take immediate action to protect DNS infrastructure, in response to a major attack campaign by the Iranian Regime.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) recently issued the Mitigating DNS Infrastructure Tampering directive, which detailed how the Iranian Regime’s hacking collective was infiltrating the DNS systems in order to interrupt and redirect web and e-mail traffic.

It explained that the Iranian hackers were obtaining or compromising user logins or identifications in order to make changes to DNS records by directing users to a fake login page that would save a copy of the credentials before redirecting them to the correct page.

The directive read: “Because the attacker can set DNS record values, they can also obtain valid encryption certificates for an organization’s domain names. This allows the redirected traffic to be decrypted, exposing any user-submitted data. Since the certificate is valid for the domain, end users receive no error warnings.”

This Iranian phishing scheme has been observed on multiple domains run by executive branch agencies, so CISA is demanding that all of these government agencies audit their DNS records on all .gov and related domains within 10 days in order to check whether the problem has been resolved and report any issues they encounter.

CISA also advised that during this 10-day period users update passwords for any accounts that can change DNS records and implement multi-factor authentication, which means that they log in to their accounts via a code that is sent to their phone or email address. While it is true that the Iranian hackers were sometimes able to thwart multi-factor authentication in the latest cyber attack, it relied on the user entering the code within a short timeframe and presented an additional hurdle for the Iranian hackers.

CISA also noted that agencies will have to take part in a new Certificate Transparency initiative and monitor any log data for issued certificates that they didn’t request, as there is the clear worry about this falling into the wrong hands.

Given that this order is coming out amidst the longest government shutdown in US history, this shows how seriously the US government is taking the Iranian threat.

Earlier this month, cyber security firm FireEye explained that a global DNS hijacking campaign targeting dozens of domains run by government, telecommunications, and internet infrastructure providers in the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and North America was traced back to Iran. It is believed the Iranian regime’s hackers were looking for confidential information from Middle East governments.

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Two Iranian rights activists at “grave risk” of further torture

Two Iranian labor rights activists who were rearrested after speaking out about beatings and other abuse in detention are at “grave risk of further torture,” Amnesty International warns.

Esmail Bakhshi and Sepideh Gholian were arrested on January 20 in Ahvaz, the capital of Khuzestan Province, in apparent reprisal for talking publicly about the torture they said they endured in detention late last year, the London-based human rights watchdog said on January 22.

“The timing of their arrest strongly suggests it is part of a sinister attempt to silence and punish them for speaking out about the horrific abuse they suffered in custody,” Philip Luther, research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said in a statement.

Luther urged the authorities to release Bakhshi and Gholian immediately, and ensure their allegations of torture are independently investigated and that those responsible are brought to justice.

The two activists were first arrested on November 18 after participating in a rally in Shush, Khuzestan, and seeking to meet with officials to discuss the unpaid wages of workers at the Haft Tappeh sugar factory.

Following their release on bail in December, Bakhshi and Gholian described to Amnesty International the acts of torture they said they suffered at the hands of security officials.

“They said they had been relentlessly beaten, slammed against a wall and shoved to the ground, as well as being humiliated and threatened with flogging, sexual violence, and murder,” according to Amnesty.

The officials “tortured me until I thought I was going to die and beat me with their fists and kicks so much that I could not move in my cell for 72 hours,” Bakhshi wrote on his Instagram account in early January.

“Today, after nearly two months…I still feel pain in my broken ribs, kidneys, left ear, and testicles,” he added.

The posts provoked a public outcry, and officials from members of parliament to high-ranking judicial figures promised a full investigation into the allegations of torture raised by Bakhshi. Key state officials later claimed that the allegations were false.

On January 19, state television broadcast “confessions” that the two activists said were obtained under torture and other ill-treatment.

In the videos, Bakhshi and Gholian “confess” to colluding with groups outside Iran to orchestrate the overthrow of Iran’s political system.

Luther said the Iranian authorities should invite international monitors to carry out independent inspections of detention facilities instead of “locking up activists who speak out on torture.”

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Trump admin pressing allies to ban Iranian airline tied to terrorism

The Trump administration is locked in a diplomatic push to convince European allies to ban a major Iranian state-controlled airline known to be engaged in illicit transport and espionage operations, according to U.S. officials who spoke to the Washington Free Beacon.

Germany’s decision to ban Iran’s Mahan Air—a state-controlled entity known to carry out clandestine military operations on the Islamic Republic’s behalf—is being viewed as a diplomatic coup by the top U.S. official in Berlin and is said to be generating support for expanding this ban across the European Union, a move that would deal a severe blow to Tehran’s international reach, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.

The ban on Mahan has been in the works for months, according to senior U.S. officials, who told the Free Beacon the airline is complicit in the Iranian regime’s spying and military operations. Efforts to crackdown on Mahan follow a similar pressure campaign by the Trump administration to prevent Iran from airlifting out of Germany millions of dollars.

U.S. officials familiar with the ongoing diplomatic matter described Iran as trying to airlift several planeloads of cash out of Germany, a major cash influx that could have aided Iran’s expansionist foreign policy goals, including its operations in Syria, Yemen, and other regional hotspots.

The amount was so large that Iran attempted to use multiple planes to airlift the cash, an effort that was recently stopped in no small part by top U.S. officials stationed in Germany, sources said.

The next leg of the administration’s diplomatic push will focus on convincing France and other leading European countries to also enact a ban on Mahan as part of a wide-ranging national security readjustment aimed at collapsing Iran’s illicit financial and military channels, officials said.

The United States pursued and cracked down on Iran’s efforts to fly the cash out of Germany immediately, officials confirmed.

“The Mahan Air flights were part of that effort to crackdown on Iran’s malignant activities abroad,” one official told the Free Beacon, speaking only on background about the sensitive diplomacy. “Shutting down the cash transfer last summer and shutting down Mahan Air” were two pressing goals for blunting Iran’s malign activity.

“Mahan Air was being squeezed from every angle,” the official explained, disclosing that this is part of the Trump administration’s larger policy of choking off the Iranian regime through packages of sanctions and other measures.

As part of the behind-the-scenes effort to put the squeeze on Iran, U.S. officials and others also took a close look at Assadollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat extradited from Germany for his alleged role in a recent plot to bomb Iranian opposition leaders.

Multiple U.S. government agencies “were very suspicious” of Assadi’s alleged links to a bomb plot on European soil, sources said.

Germany’s decision to ban Mahan received public approval from top U.S. officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Richard Grenell, the U.S. ambassador to Berlin. The praise is said to be a sign the United States is working behind closed doors to spread the ban on Mahan across Europe.

“We are thankful for German leadership to shut down Mahan Air,” Grenell tweeted. “The safety of German and U.S. citizens is the highest priority.”

“The U.S. welcomes Germany‘s decision to deny landing rights to Iran‘s Mahan Air,” Pompeo tweeted earlier this week. “The airline transports weapons and fighters across the Middle East, supporting the Iranian regime’s destructive ambitions around the region. We encourage all our allies to follow suit.”

Sources familiar with ongoing diplomatic efforts said that pressure is now being applied to France. The national security implications of allowing Iran unfettered air travel are becoming more clear, sources said, pointing to Iran’s ongoing shipment of militants into regional hotspots, as well as its reliance on illicit funding networks tied to terrorists.

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Time’s up for the EU’s appeasement policy on Iran

It is time for the EU to pull out of the nuclear deal with Islamic Republic of Iran. The appeasement policy of the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, Federica Mogherini, has been an abject failure, simply emboldening the mullahs to order assassination attempts against opposition figures in Europe and brazenly to fire ballistic missiles into Syria. Mogherini was one of the main proponents of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action that was signed in Vienna on July 14, 2015 and involved five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council: China, Russia, France, the U.K. and the United States.

U.S. President Donald Trump called the JCPOA the worst deal in history, pointing out that it led to the release of over $150 billion in frozen assets, enabling the theocratic state to redouble its funding of Hezbollah in Lebanon, Hamas in Gaza, the Houthi rebels in Yemen, Bashar al-Assad in Syria and the brutal Shi’ia militias in Iraq.

Last October, the U.S. State Department published a 48-page report titled “Outlaw Regime: A Chronicle of Iran’s Destructive Activities.” In a foreword, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained why Trump had decided to withdraw from Obama’s nuclear deal, calling it “a failed strategic bet that fell short of protecting the American people or our allies from the potential of an Iranian nuclear weapon.” He pointed out that Barack Obama’s deal had “plainly failed to contribute to regional and international peace and security.” In fact, he said, “Iran’s destabilizing behavior has grown bolder under the deal.” Pompeo said, “We are asking every nation who is sick and tired of the Islamic Republic’s destructive behavior to join our pressure campaign. This especially goes for our allies in the Middle East and Europe, people who have themselves been terrorized by the violent regime’s activity for decades.”

Pompeo’s remarks followed a rash of terror events sponsored by the mullahs in Europe. On July 1, German police arrested Assadollah Assadi, a diplomat from the Iranian Embassy in Vienna, and charged him with terrorist offenses. The day before, Belgian police had arrested an Iranian-Belgian couple from Antwerp after 500 gm of high explosives and a detonator were found in their car. They admitted Assadi had given them the bomb and instructed them to detonate it at the Iranian democratic opposition rally being held in Villepinte, France, near Paris, that day. President Emmanuel Macron of France declared his outrage at this attempted terrorist atrocity on French soil and imposed immediate sanctions on Iran.

Undeterred by this embarrassing setback, in October, Iran sent another diplomat to assassinate an opposition figure in Denmark. He was also arrested and is now facing trial. Similar terror plots were uncovered in Albania, where Iran’s newly appointed ambassador and first secretary were found to be leading Ministry of Intelligence & Security agents, plotting attacks on the 2,500 Iranian dissidents from the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI or MEK) who have set up a compound near Tirana. Albania’s courageous Prime Minister Edi Rama did not hesitate. He announced the expulsion of both so-called Iranian “diplomats” last December, on the grounds that they posed a threat to Albania’s national security.

Despite clear evidence that Iranian embassies in Europe were being used as terrorist bomb factories, EU lawmakers on July 5 — less than a week after the Iranian diplomat from Vienna was arrested — approved plans for the European Investment Bank to do business with the ruling theocracy in Iran, in a desperate bid to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive. Europe’s leading appeaser, Mogherini, has been a frequent visitor to Tehran, where she pays homage to the ayatollahs, donning a headscarf to offer submission to the clerical regime’s misogyny, even posing for selfies with the mullahs. Now she has decided to snub an anti-Iran conference organized by Pompeo in Warsaw, Poland, in mid-February.

But Mogherini’s efforts at conciliation appear to have fallen on deaf ears in Europe. It has been reported that a delegation of leading EU diplomats from France, the U.K., Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands had a volatile meeting earlier this month in Tehran. They told senior Iranian officials that the EU could no longer tolerate ballistic missile tests in Iran and assassination attempts on European soil. Apparently, in an unprecedented breach of protocol, the Iranian officials stormed out of the room, slamming the door.

Clearly, the mullahs are deeply perplexed. A state of total confusion has persisted ever since Trump tore up the nuclear deal and reimposed tough sanctions. For many EU countries, assassination attempts on their own soil were the last straw. Sanctions approved now by France, Denmark and the Netherlands and threats of further action by a widening range of EU member states, have isolated Mogherini and her disastrous policy…
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