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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:49 am on 2 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Europe Should Forget About Saving the Iran Nuclear Deal 

    All Europe wants is to preserve the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran without undermining its partnership with the United States, but this is proving to be an impossible task.

    There is growing divide between the US and the EU, as evidenced at both the US-led Middle East summit in Warsaw and the Munich Security Conference, on how best to deal with Iran in general and the nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), specifically.

    It seems like Europe’s success in standing up to the US’s “maximum pressure” policy on Iran will largely depend on what Iran does.

    The US has failed so far to obtain widespread high-level European support for its Iran policy, which is leaving the nuclear deal and reimposing sanctions to start, before bringing Iran back to the table for a new deal that addresses all of Iran’s malign problems.

    In fact, Europe has gone so far as to set up a financial mechanism, called the Instrument for Supporting Trade Exchanges (INSTEX), to facilitate trade with Iran in Euros in order to evade US sanctions. There are various issues with INSTEX already.

    1) Iran is questioning how it will help them, given that it only allows Iran to buy non-sanctioned goods (i.e. food and medicine) and requires Iran to implement the needed anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing bills from the Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

    2) The US maintains that it does violate sanctions

    3) Iran would have to rein in its state security apparatus

    Although, it’s hard to see why Europe is doing this at all. Iran has been caught at the centre of several terrorist and assassination plots against opposition groups in Europe over the past year, revealed that they lied about their nuclear weapons programme in violation of the nuclear deal, and have continued causing chaos across the Middle East. Is that really worth whatever financial benefits Europe is getting from the nuclear deal?

    Should Europe not join with the US and abandon the nuclear agreement in favour of not just maintaining their partnership with the US, but also supporting the Iranian people?

    After all, the Iranian people, who have been taking part in massive anti-regime protests since Dember 2017 are in favour of sanctions against the Regime, as these hit the mullahs hardest. This will allow the Iranian people to rise up and overthrow the mullahs who pose a real threat to the Iranian people and the world as a whole.

  • Masoud Dalvand 7:57 pm on 4 Feb 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    International conference calls for a firm policy toward the growing terrorism of the Iranian regime 

    Brussels – Feb. 4, 2019 – On Monday, a conference at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, discussed the growing terrorist activities of the Iranian regime and the correct policy that the international community, especially Europe, must take to address the threats posed by the Iranian regime.

    Former EP Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras

    Former EP Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras

    The conference comes less than two weeks prior to a major international conference in Warsaw, Poland, where senior officials will be discussing multitudes of threats the Iranian regime is posing to global peace and security. It is also being held against the backdrop of increased terrorist activities by the Iranian regime in Europe.

    Former European Parliament Vice President Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras, who moderated the conference, stressed that terrorist acts coming out of Iran are being coordinated at the highest levels of power within the regime, a fact that Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif implicitly admitted to in a recent parliament hearing.

    “However, [EU foreign policy chief Federica] Mogherini and her colleagues are trying to hide this truth,” Quadras said. “The remarks of Iranian officials and the facts on the ground leave no doubt that we are faced with the rise of Iranian terrorism against Europe. We must protect our countries.”

    Quadras also criticized the EU’s decision to only take minimal punitive measures against the Iranian regime for its terrorist activities. “The question is, why only a branch of the Intelligence ministry and not all of it has been added to the European terror list. Why hasn’t the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) been sanctioned. Why not the Supreme Leader and the President, who are directly responsible for many of these plots, been sanctioned? Why are Europeans seeking business as usual with the Iranian regime,” Quadras said.

    Quadras warned that the European Union’s appeasement policy is giving the Iranian regime the green light continue its terrorism. “The EU insists the nuclear deal remains in its security interest. Yet these terror plots have happened after the nuclear deal was forged, which casts doubt over the promised security of the nuclear deal,” he said.

    Judge Freeh: The only language this regime understands and respects is applied force and sanctions

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh

    “In Europe, we know the historical dangers and consequences of improper appeasement,” said Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who spoke at the conference.

    Freeh stressed that the terrorist activity by the Iranian regime is not the work of several rogues or people who are unilaterally performing acts of terrorism on their own. “It’s controlled by the state,” he said. “The constitution of the regime dictates to pursue terrorism against activists and opponents. The regime has a pattern of practice of terrorism to achieve its goal.”

    Judge Freeh explained that while the regime is faced with an economic crisis and a plummeting national currency, it is desperate to maintain its influence and leverage. “That’s why it is resorting to terrorism,” he said.

    European countries want to both appear strong and they also desire their relationship with the Iranian regime, Judge Freeh said, which is resulting in a contradictory policy of trade deals and very minimal punishments for egregious acts of terrorism by the regime.

    “The U.S. has taken a strong position that you can’t trust the Iranian regime. It could never be trusted because the mullahs ruling the country don’t have the same respect for the rule of law that we all do. If you can’t trust a partner, you can’t do commerce with that partner,” Freeh said. “The regime is trying to murder people in Paris who are peacefully advocating for freedom. There was a plot with Iranian diplomats to blow those people up.”

    Freeh also asserted that despite a failed terror plot in Paris, the Iranian regime continued its terrorist activities in Europe. “The regime will continue to operate that way as long as European capitals tolerate that,” he said.

    Regarding recent EU sanctions against a small subset of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry (MOIS), Freeh said, “When you only sanction a small branch, you’re giving the green light to your adversary to continue terrorist acts and that you’re willing to continue to do business.”

    “We want the people of Iran to someday have the freedoms that we’re taking for granted.

    European governments must strengthen their resolve against the Iranian regime.

    The entire MOIS must be sanctioned. The IRGC must be sanctioned, as well as leaders and officials,” Freeh recommended. “The only thing this regime understands and respects is applied force and sanctions.”

    Farzin Hashemi: Terrorism is part of the regime’s DNA

    NCRI member Farzin Hashemi

    NCRI member Farzin Hashemi

    Farzin Hashemi, a member of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), provided details into the regime’s terror network active in Europe.

    “The Iranian regime’s MOIS, IRGC and IRGC Quds Force are all involved in the mullahs’ terrorism apparatus. Our latest information from inside the regime relates to the regime’s terror plot against the opposition Iran Freedom rally on June 30th in Paris.

    “Reza Amiri Moghadam of the MOIS collaborated with Asdollah Assadi, a Vienna-based diplomat, to carry out the operation targeting the major rally. This is a clear example of the coordination of Iran’s different agencies and that decisions are made at the highest ranks of the regime.”

    In reference to Albania, where members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are based and the Iranian regime is focusing its main terrorism efforts, Hashemi explained how the government of this country has adopted strong measures against Tehran.

    “The prime minister of Albania expelled the Iranian ambassador and chief intelligence officer from his country. Albanian officials explained that the Iranian regime were plotting to bomb a ceremony of the PMOI/MEK. Mohammad Nia, one of the expelled diplomats, was also one of the members of the nuclear negotiations team.

    Hashemi went on to shed light on the closely knit terrorism-decision making network in Tehran.

    “The MOIS is closely tied to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in terrorist activities. Terrorism is institutionalized at the highest levels of the mullahs’ regime, at the Supreme Security Council headed by the President, now being Hassan Rouhani. Afterwards, the decisions are sent to the office of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for approval. Terrorism is part of the regime’s DNA,” the NCRI member explained.

    Looking forward, Hashemi spelled out the measures necessary for Europe in the face of the Iranian regime’s growing threats.

    “I think it is time for Europe to take a firm stance vis-a-vis the mullahs’ regime. All officials involved in these decisions must be sanctioned. They do not represent the Iranian people. They are in fact suppressing the Iranian people at home, while being interlocutors of Mrs. Mogherini,” Hashemi explained as he emphasized.

    “The entirety of the MOIS, the IRGC and all individuals engaged in the acts of terrorism must be blacklisted. The EU should also listen to the Iranian people and put an end to this illusion that there are two different factions in Iran. These terrorism activities are carried out by the entirety of the regime and approved by the Supreme Leader.”

    Giulio Terzi: There must be much more courage among European countries

    Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi

    Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi

    The Iranian regime is especially unique in using its embassies and missioning its diplomats for not only intelligence gathering measures, but also carrying out terrorism plots.

    “Clear and proactive initiatives by member states should be adopted. There is an ongoing cooperation between Western intelligence and Iranian proxies… Iran has a special status in its approach and relationship with the West, especially in regards to intelligence interaction. The cooperation here is on a different level,” said former Italian Former Minister Giulio Terzi.

    “Diplomats suspected of being involved in criminal plans must be immediately expelled from European countries. A strong policy must be adopted. There must be much more courage among European countries. We must pay special attention to the safety and security of our people,” he emphasized for EU officials in Brussels who decide on their policy and approach with the Iranian regime.

    “The cyberthreats from Iran must also be dealt with in a specific way,” the former Italian Foreign Minister added as Tehran steps up its malign activities in this field.

    Yves Bonnet: Europe must consider closing Iranian embassies

    Former French intelligence chef Yves Bonnet

    Former French intelligence chef Yves Bonnet

    Totalitarian regimes resort to terrorism to remove their opponents, explained former French intelligence chief Yves Bonnet. Defined as state terrorism, it is worse than other forms of terrorism and far worse to have terrorism carried out under diplomatic cover and through embassies, he continued.

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of these terrorist state. It is carrying out bomb plots, assassinations, abductions and much more, especially in the first two decades of its existence,” the DST chief added.

    What remains mind boggling to those unfamiliar with the terrorism nature of this regime is the reason and logic behind Tehran’s terrorism campaigns and measures.

    “Why is the regime taking the risk to engage in terrorist activities again? It is faced with various difficulties on political and economic fronts. And it is its habit to make terrorist attempts against the opposition whenever it finds itself in a difficult situation,” Bonnet emphasized.

    “The new stance of European diplomacy is great news, and it will complicate things for the Iranian regime, which usually banks on rivalries between European states. But we must also make it clear that we’re willing to take further steps, such as closing down their embassies. Because it’s clear that the Iranian regime uses its embassies at bases of operations for its terrorist activities,” the DST chief reiterated by voicing strong measures against Tehran’s mullahs.

    “I think that we must very seriously consider the closure of Iranian embassies, and expel the diplomats whose only interest is eliminating opposition members. Accordingly, we must consider the international recognition of the Iranian Resistance as the real representatives of the Iranian people.”

    Claude Moniquet: The Iranian regime needs to eliminate MEK and NCRI to maintain its hold on power

    Claude Moniquet

    Claude Moniquet

    For four decades, the Iranian regime has been using terrorism as a foreign policy tool, according to Claude Moniquet, a retired French journalist and a former intelligence agent at the French Directorate-General for External Security.

    “[Iran’s regime] uses terrorism to fuel tensions in the Middle East… This regime has developed a security apparatus that, on the one hand is designed to extend its rule, and on the other, to expand its terrorist ideology abroad,” he explained.

    “There might be personal rivalries between the mullahs, but where foreign policy is concerned and the use of the diplomatic apparatus for terrorism, regime officials are of a like mind and all decisions are made by the Supreme National Security Council,” the former DST intelligence agent added.

    The Iranian regime is based on the two pillars of domestic crackdown and foreign warmongering. Terrorism is one such tool used by Tehran in response to a conglomerate of crises.

    “Why would the regime resort to terrorism? There are internal problems in Iran. The regime needs to eliminate the MEK and NCRI to maintain its hold on power. Because these are the main opposition that can organize protests in Iran. The regime also has interests in preventing the Palestinian and Israeli peace talks to keep the situation in Middle East complicated and insecure,” Moniquet explained, shedding light on the various aspects of Tehran’s malign activities.

    “The regime has also carried out terrorist activities in Europe. There were dozens killed in Europe in the past decades, but the Iranian regime has never met a firm response. Europe has conveyed the message to the Iranian regime that it can conduct terrorist activities on their soil without being held to account,” he added, reiterating the importance of Europe adopting a firm approach against the mullahs’ regime.

    “For the first time, we have an Iranian diplomat who has been arrested because of his direct involvement in a terrorist plot. We have a chance to take firm action, including expelling diplomats, closing embassies and cutting diplomatic ties until the regime respects international norms and values.”

  • Masoud Dalvand 10:46 pm on 14 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    It’s time for Europe to adopt a policy of decisive action against the Iran’s mullahs regime instead of appeasing it. Look at an excellent analysis of this topic. 

    Masoud Dalvand(Freedom Star): I read an excellent analysis of the recent EU action against the mullahs regime in Iran because of the terrorist activities of this regime in Europe on the official website of the PMOI.

    In this article, while reviewing the records of the terrorist activities of the Iranian regime in Europe, it is necessary to adopt a firm policy against the mullahs, instead of continuing the policy of appeasement with them for decades with the neglect of the fundamental rights of the Iranian people. This piece ends with an interesting reference to History of appeasement policy in Europe before World War II .

    When the policy of appeasement with Nazi Germany and Hitler resulted in nothing but encouragement of the Nazis and the war on all of Europe, but after a failed policy, the appease of Hitler turned into a policy of determination and resistance to him.

    The basic question is whether the time has come to end the policy of appeasement with the terrorist regime and the dictatorship of the mullahs in Iran?

    I invite you to read this highly informative article.

    Europe finally determined to take a stance against the Iranian regime?

    The mullahs’ regime terrorism around the world and in Europe

    Analysis by PMOI/MEK

    Jan. 14, 2019 

    • By sanctioning the intelligence ministry of the ruling theocracy in Iran, the European Union has improved its security.
    • While trying to help the Iranian mullahs in the face of new U.S. sanctions, Europeans were caught flatfooted as the Iranian regime used their soil to plot terrorist attacks
    • Maybe Europe’s understanding of the true nature of the ruling system in Iran is evolving in the right direction.

    While the Iranian regime was counting on Europe’s support in the face of new U.S. sanctions and was developing its relations with the European Union, the January 9 sanctions by the Council of the European Unions—representing the executive governments of the EU’s member states—against the Iranian intelligence ministry was a wake-up call and slap in the face of the mullahs.

    Years of appeasement and petrodollar-first policies by some circles in the European Union—currently incarnated in EU’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini—led the Iranian ruling mullahs to believe that they had a free hand in conducting terrorist plots on European soil without ramifications.

    Iranian terrorist activities in Europe over the past four decades, excluding two recent assassinations in Netherlands (Source: U.S. Department of State)

    The Iranian regime’s record of terrorism around the world and in Europe is as old as the Islamic Republic itself, but a flux of Iranian terrorist activities on European soil over the past few years is particularly concerning.

    Last year in June, Iranian agents plotted to bomb the annual gathering of the main organized Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in Paris. Two Iranian agents disguised as members of the opposition were arrested in Paris, while an Iranian diplomat and a high-ranking member of Iran’s Quds Force, responsible for foreign terrorist activities, was later arrested in Germany. The high-ranking Iranian official, Assadollah Assadi, who was at the time a diplomat in Iran’s embassy in Vienna, was later extradited to Belgium and awaits trial.

    Last year, the Iranian intelligence ministry also plotted to assassinate an Iranian Arab dissident in Denmark. The attack was thwarted, and Denmark publicly accused Tehran of plotting the attack.

    In 2015 and 2017, local thugs hired by the Iranian intelligence ministry assassinated two other Iranian dissidents in the Netherlands. Dutch officials have publicly connected the attacks to the Iranian regime.

    While the Iran lobby in Europe and around the world is still trying to save the ruling criminals in Iran by normalizing the endless stream of crimes and misconduct coming out of the Islamic Republic, it seems that cooler heads, who put their country’s long-term interests before political short-term gains are prevailing.

    EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini with Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif during her visit to Iran in 2016. During this period, when the nuclear deal was reached with the P5+1 countries and sanctions against Iran’s economy were lifted, Iranian terrorists were stepping up their nefarious activities around the world.

    Catching the Iranian regime four times with a smoking gun just on European soil over the past few years while the so-called moderate president Hassan Rouhani was incumbent makes it extremely difficult for apologists to paint a reasonable picture of the ruling mullahs in Iran.

    Especially when all four attacks were planned or carried out before the current U.S. administration pulled out of the nuclear deal. How can you honestly defend a deal when its inevitable outcome was an emboldened terrorist state that—enriched by petrodollars—increased its terrorist activities around the world instead of investing in its collapsing economy and impoverished people?

    Comments by Iranian officials after Europe’s latest decision to firmly respond to Iranian terrorist activities on its soil clearly show the surprise and shock they feel.

    Javad Zarif, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister, criticized European countries for giving refuge to supporters and members of PMOI/MEK, which the regime considers a terrorist group. “Accusing Iran won’t absolve Europe of responsibility for harboring terrorists,” Zarif wrote in a tweet.

    Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, former Deputy FM for Arab and African Affairs, and current assistant to Iranian parliament speaker—who by the way is very close to the Quds Force and IRGC—warned Europe about a “shocking” message and said: “The west needs to face a “shock” so it knows that we won’t stay in the one-way tunnel of the JCPOA at any cost. Currently, Europe, which has become a refuge for terrorism and the hypocrites [the Iranian regime’s official term for the PMOI], needs to receive a reasonable, wise, but [also] ‘shocking’ message.”

    Going through the official comments about Europe’s recent response to Iranian terrorist activities on its soil—which was quite mild considering the situation—one can only conclude that the JCPOA did work but only in contrast to its original intentions by emboldening an already expansionist regime that considers its terrorism on the streets of Baghdad and Beirut its strategic depth that helps it to avoid an internal crisis that has accumulated over four decades through mismanagement, blatant corruption, and nepotism.

    But it also shows that the Iranian regime still hasn’t learned that Europe isn’t just made up of appeasers.

    It wasn’t just the fanatic German Nazis who created the world war two. Chamberlin and his apologists are as much responsible for paving the way for the rise of the Nazis and the ensuing catastrophe.

    And as history shows, after Chamberlain comes Churchill.

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