‘European sanction on Iran over claimed as­sas­si­na­tion plot is a crim­i­nal act’

Tehran Times - - POLITICS -

TEHRAN — Nozar Shafeie, an ex­pert on in­ter­na­tional af­fairs, has said that the European Union’s sanc­tions against an Ira­nian in­tel­li­gence ser­vice over claims of Iran’s as­sas­si­na­tion plot is a “crim­i­nal” act.

“The act of Europe in giv­ing shel­ter to groups op­posed to the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran and im­pos­ing sanc­tions against the coun­try be­cause of those groups is crim­i­nal,” Mehr news agency quoted him as say­ing.

If European coun­tries have the po­lit­i­cal will to con­tinue co­op­er­a­tion with Iran they should not let ter­ror­ist groups do ac­tiv­i­ties on their soil, he sug­gested.

Dan­ish in­tel­li­gence chief Finn Borch An­der­sen claimed in Oc­to­ber that an Ira­nian in­tel­li­gence ser­vice had tried to carry out a plot to as­sas­si­nate an Ira­nian Arab op­po­si­tion fig­ure on Den­mark’s soil.

Ira­nian For­eign Min­istry spokesman Bahram Qassemi dis­missed the claim as a plot by en­e­mies to af­fect Tehran’s grow­ing re­la­tions with European coun­tries.

An­ders Sa­muelsen, the Dan­ish for­eign min­is­ter, tweeted on Tues­day that the European Union agreed to enact sanc­tions against an Ira­nian In­tel­li­gence Ser­vice over claims of as­sas­si­na­tion plot.

Ira­nian For­eign Min­is­ter Mo­ham­mad Javad Zarif has told Euro­peans that mak­ing ac­cu­sa­tions against Iran won’t ab­solve them of the re­spon­si­bil­ity for har­bor­ing the ter­ror­ist Mu­ja­hedin Khalq Or­ga­ni­za­tion (MKO) - also called Mu­jahideen-e Khalq (MEK) -- who has mur­dered tens of thou­sands Ira­ni­ans.

“Euro­peans, incl Den­mark, Hol­land & France, har­bor MEK—who killed 12000 Ira­ni­ans & abet­ted Sad­dam’s crimes against Iraqi Kurds—as well as other ter­ror­ists stag­ing mur­der of in­no­cent Ira­ni­ans from Europe. Ac­cus­ing Iran won’t ab­solve Europe of re­spon­si­bil­ity for har­bor­ing ter­ror­ists,” Zarif tweeted Tues­day.

The MKO did nu­mer­ous ter­ror­ist acts in Iran, es­pe­cially in the early years of the 1979 Is­lamic Rev­o­lu­tion. It also sided with Sad­dam Hus­sein’s army in the war against Iran in the 1980s.

Sad­dam also used the ex­trem­ist group in vi­o­lent crackdown on the Iraqi Kurds in the north and the Shi­ites in the south.

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