London, 20 July – Iran attempted to bomb the rally of their organised resistance in Paris last month, but thankfully, their would-be bombers were caught before they could carry out the brutal attack.
On June 30, an Iran-linked Belgian couple were arrested by Belgian police and found to have explosives and a detonator in their car. Their plan was to attack the opposition rally, organised by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), which around 100,000 people were attending.
This attack was organised by Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi, who was stationed in Vienna and served as the head of Iran’s European intelligence network. Assadi, an officer in the Quds Brigade, part of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), recruited the couple and provided them with the explosives.
Iran has denied their involvement, called the accusations against Assadi “baseless”, and even accused the MEK of staging the attack to hurt Iran’s negotiation with Europe over the 2015 nuclear deal, otherwise known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
However, a report from MEK intelligence sources inside the government reveals that this terrorist attack was planned months ago and has the approval of the highest-ranking officials in the government.
Foreign Minister Javad Zarif even tweeted that Iran condemns violence and terror, despite the fact that Iran is widely known as the world’s number one sponsor of terrorism.
Thankfully, the terrorists were captured before the attack could happen and the rally, which attracted many foreign officials including former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, went ahead as planned.
The US has openly stated that this attack was perpetrated by Iran and that if they could plan attacks on Paris, then they could use their embassies anywhere for terrorist activity. They have urged European nations to join with them in withdrawing from the nuclear deal and cutting off the mullahs’ access to funds in order to reduce their spending on terrorist attacks.
Despite Europe’s attempts to save the nuclear deal, Iran has made numerous threats over restarting their nuclear programme and closing the Strait of Hormuz if their demands are not met. And their demands are big. Iran recently asked Germany for permissions to withdraw over $350 million in cash from Germany’s central bank, which may well be used for terrorism. They have also asked Europe to fully make up for the financial loss from the US.
Assadi, the “terrorist diplomat”, was charged with commissioning the Belgian couple to bomb the MEK meeting on July 11.