Iranian Diplomats’ Expulsion Likely Linked to Terror Operations on European Soil

CNS News | 7/10/2018 | Staff
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( – Iran’s foreign ministry is condemning the Netherlands for expelling two Iranian diplomats, the latest in a series of developments evidently tied to allegations of Iranian terror activity in Europe.

The Dutch government has given no explanation for the expulsions, but the murders of two Iranians in the Netherlands – one last November and the other back in 2015 – have given rise to suspicions that the regime in Tehran may once again be assassinating enemies in Europe.

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News that the diplomats had been expelled broke on Friday when confirmed by the Dutch intelligence service, AIVD, although the actual expulsions apparently took place sometime earlier.

The development comes at a sensitive time for Iran-European relations, as the regime scrambles to preserve the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal following President Trump’s withdrawal earlier this year, and as a reimposition of U.S. sanctions looms.

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Adding to the tensions, Iran is already engaged in a diplomatic tussle over an alleged plot to bomb a rally in Paris late last month of the exiled National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)/People’s Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (MEK).

That incident potentially impacts on the regime’s relations with four separate European governments – France, Austria, Belgium and Germany.

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Condemning the expulsion of the two unnamed diplomats, the Iranian foreign ministry summoned the Dutch ambassador to deliver a formal protest.

Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghassem called the move “an unfriendly decision that will not be constructive for bilateral relations” and said Tehran did not rule out retaliatory measures.

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Although the Dutch government has not explained publicly the reasons for the expulsion, Ghassem’s next words – as cited in a foreign ministry statement – appeared to point to the reasons discussed in private, particularly his references to Interpol and to the MEK:

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