US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a two-day visit to Brussels on Monday, where he is expected to address several important issues, including the Iranian regime’s malign behaviour, and press for a unified strategy to address them.
American officials confirmed that they are interested in rebuilding the cross-Atlantic relationship, with Ambassador Gordon Sondland saying, he wants to “reset” it, and there are hopefully plenty of European officials that feel the same way.
It’s important that Europe take him seriously so that they can tackle the Regime, according to former Italian foreign minister and member of United Against Nuclear Iran’s Advisory Board Giulio Terzi. After all, Iran has recently shown increased aggression toward commercial shipping in the area, which can be seen through its seizure of a British-flagged vessel in mid-July and its attacks on tankers of several different nations, including Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Norway, and Japan, over May and June.
The UK has sent its warships to protect its commercial vessels in the region for the foreseeable future and other countries have joined the US’s international mission to protect shipping, but Europe seems reluctant to acknowledge the threat.
Even if Europe can fool them into thinking they’ll never be the target of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tanker attacks, they cannot deny that they’ve already been targeted by Iran’s terrorism. Western authorities disrupted at least half a dozen bomb plots and planned assassinations in 2018 alone, most of them taking place in Europe.
The biggest though was the plot to bomb the Free Iran rally by supporters of the opposition People's Mojahedin (PMOI), or Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), in Paris last June, which was attended by 100,000 people including hundreds of international politicians, including Terzi. The top officials in the Regime instructed Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi to hire some Iranian-born terrorists in Europe to carry out the attack, which was thankfully thwarted by the European authorities.
Terzi said: “Had the plot been successful, it would have not only taken place on European soil but would have almost certainly claimed European lives. If one is aware of this incident, one cannot deny that the Iranian threat to the international community is genuine, severe, and far-reaching.”
Assadi is currently awaiting trial in Belgium with three of his agents, so one would think that this would put policymakers off denying that Iran is a threat to Europe, but some, including French President Emmanuel Macron, are still trying.