By INU Staff
INU- This week the Albanian Prime Minister, Edi Rama, expelled the Iranian ambassador and another diplomat for plotting “terrorist attacks” said Secretary of State Pompeo, who commended Mr. Rama. As well, President Trump thanked Mr. Rama for “steadfast efforts to stand up to Iran and to counter its destabilizing activities and efforts to silence dissidents around the globe.”
Members of the Iranian opposition group, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) have made their home in the Albanian capital of Tirana under UN supervision in 2016, after leaving Iraq. Because of this, the regime in Iran is prepared to take risks. In fact, the regime appointed a new ambassador, who is believed to be a member of the Intelligence Ministry (MOIS). It is also believed that a special section within the embassy was created to organize operations against the MEK.
Senior regime officials admit that the MEK has successfully led daily anti-regime protests in the country. The regime must respond to persistent dissidents across the world.
Two Iranians were arrested in Tirana on March 22nd, and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against thousands of MEK members at their Iranian New Year
Then, on October 10th, Belgium charged an Iranian diplomat and three other individuals with planning to bomb the grand gathering of the Iranian opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), in France last June. According to France’s Foreign Ministry, there is no doubt the MOIS was behind the plot. They froze the assets of Tehran’s intelligence services and two of the Iranian nationals, including the diplomat waiting prosecution in Belgium.
In response, the regime has launched a campaign against the MEK. A wave of false news against the MEK has recently been spread in the Guardian, Al Jazeera, MSNBC and Channel 4 in what appears to be an organized attempt to exploit respected news outlets.
The EU’s failed appeasement policy towards Iran is being blamed for this increase of terrorist attacks by Iran’s regime against dissidents and opposition groups in Europe by members of Iranian communities in Europe. They say that the current EU Foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and her colleagues are responsible for this emerging threat to EU’s security.
The former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Patrick Kennedy, told and international conference last week, “today response to Iran’s terrorist operations has been weak and inappropriate to emerging threats.” He said that the regime’s targeting of the organized resistance movement demonstrates its fear of the NCRI coalition.
Secretary of State Pompeo tweeted, “European nations have thwarted three Iranian plots this year.” He also called on the international community to sanction the regime for terrorist activities. Designating the entire Revolutionary Guards and the MOIS as Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) is what the Iranian people want, as well.