He said: “This is the tip of the iceberg. This is not a surprise and this is a result of the Iran regime getting financial support from the Obama administration in the Iran deal.”
The Iran deal is the 2015 nuclear deal between six world powers and Iran, which gave sanctions relief to Iran in exchange for supposed restrictions on its nuclear programme. The US pulled out of the deal in May, citing Iran’s noncompliance.
Roskam believes that the nuclear deal led to a lack of international repercussions on Iran for its malevolent behaviour, which only “emboldened” the mullahs to increase their intelligence operations in America.
He said: “This is an unmasking of that. Unfortunately it’s all too predictable. Give a malevolent regime huge amounts of cash with no restraining influence and this is what happens.”
Experts have been warning for some time now about Iranian “sleeper cell” agents in the US, who could be preparing for a large-scale terror attack on American soil. Earlier this year, a panel of experts addressed Congress on the issue and during the event former intelligence officer Michael Pregent gave a stark warning.
He said: “[Iran is] as good or better at explosive devices than ISIS, they are better at assassinations and developing assassination cells. They’re better at targeting, better at looking at things [and they can outsource attacks to Hezbollah].”
Iranian spy arrest
The two Iranian agents, Ahmadreza Mohammadi-Doostdar and Majid Ghorbani, were formally charged with “allegedly acting on behalf of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran by conducting covert surveillance of Israeli and Jewish facilities in the United States, and collecting identifying information about American citizens and US nationals who are members of the [Iranian Resistance] group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)”.
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, a major critic of the Iranian regime and the nuclear deal, said that this is a cause for major concern.
He said: “I am deeply alarmed by the Justice Department’s new indictment against alleged Iranian agents. Iran’s regime has sponsored terrorist attacks against Americans abroad and our allies, and may now be seeking to target American citizens, as well as Jewish or Israeli facilities, on US soil.”