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Iran’s diplomat faces charges of running European spy network

A senior U.S. State Department official told reporters that Iran routinely uses embassies to plan terrorist activities.
A senior U.S. State Department official told reporters that Iran routinely uses embassies to plan terrorist activities.

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Aug.10, 2018 - Intelligence reports and opposition groups are disclosing how the Iranian regime is behind a wide-scale spy network throughout Europe aiming to obtain technology to advance its ballistic missile program, weaken and disrupt the measures of opposition groups and ultimately carry out targeted assassinations.

Asdollah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat, was recently arrested in Germany for his leading role of orchestrating a plan to bomb the June 30th Paris rally in support of the main Iranian opposition coalition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), according to opposition sources at a Brussels press conference on Wednesday.

The Iranian regime’s Supreme National Security Council ordered the Paris attack back in January and a senior Intelligence Ministry official, Reza Amiri Moghadam, head of the Foreign Intelligence and Movements, handed over all controls over the plot to Assadi in March.

Home-made TATP explosives were seized from an Iranian-Belgian couple in Antwerp before they reached the rally where high-profile figures such as Mayor Rudy Giuliani, now the lawyer of U.S. President Donald Trump, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and others took part.

German domestic intelligence reports have frequently indicated how Iran’s agents are spread throughout their soil. Following the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the focus of Iranian regime’s activity apparently shifted from nuclear proliferation to procuring rocket and missile technology.

Assadi has a very suspicious past, especially considering his previous mission at Iran’s Baghdad embassy after the 2003 war, from where he was ordered to Vienna where the post evolved into becoming the Iranian regime’s “nerve center” for the mullahs’ spy network focusing on Europe, according to the NCRI.

“The station of the MOIS in Vienna, located on the third floor of the embassy, is the headquarters and the coordinator of the MOIS stations and agents in Europe,” the coalition said. “According to statements of various officials of the regime, the government of Austria and the Iranian regime have extensive, yet low profile relations. This has created a very suitable situation for setting up the main station of the MOIS in Europe.”

The NCRI report goes on to identify other station heads in Berlin and Paris, adding they are among the “most important” outposts under the Vienna bureau’s supervision.

NCRI Foreign Affairs Commission Chairman Mohammad Mohaddessin said the Iranian regime has resumed its active terror operations in Europe since 2016.

Despite the Iranian regime’s denials, German prosecutors are concluding that Assadi is linked to the Iranian intelligence apparatus and was focused on observing and combating opposition groups.

Tehran has increased its use of diplomatic cover to pursue assassinations and other terror plots in the Green Continent, according to a report titled “Iran’s Deadly Diplomats” in the August publication of West Point’s Combating Terrorism Centre Sentinel journal.

The piece reads how two Iranian diplomats were expelled from the Netherlands in June following the assassination of an Iranian Arab activist. Albania arrested two Iranian officials in March for their role in surveillance on the PMOI/MEK’s New Year celebrations held near the country’s capital, Tirana. Police raids on Iranian operatives in Germany were also carried out in January.

The Assadi arrest is therefore just the most recent alleged example of Iranian state-sponsored terrorism in which Tehran uses visiting government officials or accredited diplomats to plot,” the West Point report added.