Iran’s foreign ministry serves as a cover for state terrorism. The Antwerp court in Belgium delivered its verdict Thursday, February 4 on the charges of “terrorist group”.
Assadollah Assadi and three accomplices were found guilty of planning to attack an Iranian opposition rally involving senior American and European officials in the suburbs of Paris in June 2018.
This is the first time that a European court has tried an Iranian diplomat for terrorism. The trial comes as the direct role of Iranian government diplomats in the assassinations was clear in similar cases, including the assassinations of Dr. Kazem Rajavi, Abdolrahman Ghassemlou, Sadegh Sharafkandi, and others. But because of the European appeasement policy, they were all released.
EU policy on Tehran leads to terrorism
In this way, it is a sign of a serious change in relations between the EU and the Iranian government.
First, it shows the weakness of the Iranian leadership, who can no longer blackmail and threaten the West with terrorist acts.
Second, it was a blow to the diplomatic apparatus of this clerical dictatorship. This coup means that diplomatic facilities can no longer ensure the safety of the ruling Iranian terrorists. Thus, the government’s hand in terrorist operations is completely closed.
The role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Iranian sovereignty
So the question here is what is the role of the regime’s Foreign Ministry in the structure of this regime if it cannot carry out the terrorist acts of the state outside the country and provide in the service of intelligence of the regime a “diplomatic cover” to carry out its acts. of terror.
The role of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs shows the clear purpose of this ministry. “I was responsible for representing Iran in New York at the time of the American invasion of Iraq. I was speaking to US officials on the orders of the country’s top officials, ”Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.
“I had the most coordination with General Soleimani—Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps – Force Quds (IRGC-QF) who was killed by an American drone in 2020 in Iraq. Soleimani and I have decided to review the latest developments at least once a week and make the necessary arrangements, ”he added.
The weekly coordination with Soleimani precisely confirms the fact that the main task of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic is to facilitate the transfer of ammunition, weapons, money laundering, travel documents and documents for spies and terrorist cells, as well as organized terrorist orientation.
Between 2015 and 2019, “seven diplomats”, including an ambassador, were expelled from Europe for involvement in terrorist plots.
Iranian FM Zarif should be held responsible for terrorism
Therefore, it can be said with certainty that without the cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Intelligence and IRGC-QF would never have been able to carry out terrorist plots outside Iran.
It was not the regime’s first overseas terrorist operation in European countries. Examining the grim record of the clerical dictatorship presents us with a list of terrorist acts. A review of this record of all crimes shows us that in the past the government has conducted terrorist acts with a free hand and escaped responsibility. For example:
- In the assassination of Shapur Bakhtiar, Abdolrahman Ghaselmo, Sadegh Sharafkandi, Professor Kazem Rajavi, Zahra Rajabi and Ali Moradi, Abdolrahman Boroumand and Mohammad Hossein Naqdi, Iranian diplomats have never been tried. Even in the case of the assassinations of Zahra Rajabi and Ali Moradi, the then Turkish government expelled only four diplomats from the regime.
- Tehran even planned to assassinate Maryam rajavi, the president-elect of the Iranian Opposition Coalition (NCRI), in Dortmund, Germany. This terrorist act was revealed before it was carried out. Meanwhile, two diplomats, Ali Osuli and Jalal Abbasi have been expelled from Germany for their involvement in the plot.
- In another plot against Ms Rajavi, a cannon handcrafted by the Iranian defense industry called a 320mm foldable missile was to be launched. The weapons and ammunition, which were placed in three crates bearing the pickle label in one of the containers of the ship named Kolahdooz, were discovered during an inspection by customs officials in the Belgian port of Antwerp.
Historic trial of an Iranian diplomat in Europe
Due to the dirty policy of appeasement and extortion, the regime was not only able to get rid of this terrorist incident, but also brazenly asked the country concerned. In response to the newspaper article, Iranian Ambassador to Germany Hossein Mousavian sent a letter to Frankfurter Allgemeine.
“It is said that a weapon was found in the port of Antwerp. The security services of these countries want to disrupt relations between Germany and Iran in all areas in unison with the Mujahedin Organization, and now they are trying to achieve this by exchanging information, ”wrote Mousavian.
We are faced with a new situation in the case of Villepinte bombing raid. For the first time, a diplomat was brought to justice and then in prison.
The trial of this diplomat is not the trial of a person, but the trial of the integrity of the regime and, in a higher order, the trial of the policy of appeasement with a religious dictatorship. Now is the time for EU countries to make decisions and change their relations with the Iranian government in all areas.