U.S. and Europe Take Different Tacks with Iran

U.S. and Europe Take Different Tacks with Iran

In the last few years, the international community, particularly the U.S. and European nations, have taken different tacks to address the potential threat presented by the Iranian fundamentalist regime. During 2015, several nations negotiated the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Under the Trump administration, the JCPOA was attacked and eventually resulted in the U.S. pulling out in May 2018.

European allies attempted to preserve the deal, arguing that doing so would keep Iran open to working with the international community. However, the U.S. sanctions were more than most companies could afford to risk, so they backed out of Iran, even as their home countries attempted to find a workaround for the sanctions.

The EU has tried to follow its own line in dealing with the regime’s power in Tehran, thus creating a plan that is separate from the Trump administration’s current firm approach. Their announced objective is to help save the faltering JCPOA. Positive results have so far been non-existent, and Iran has taken advantage of the European Union’s efforts by bringing terrorism to their soil.

“Some say that after the U.S. leaving the JCPOA, Europeans will do something for us, while they drag their feet and will never do anything in our favor,” said Ahmad Jannati, the Chairman of the Iranian Assembly of Experts and the Guardian Council. He called for Iran to disregard the deal, since it was essentially dead without U.S. involvement.

Mullahs Attack PMOI/MEK in Europe

The terrorist acts that have been perpetrated by the Iranian regime are focused on attacking the PMOI/MEK and its members. This group is one of the largest in the coalition of the Iranian resistance, known as the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

There are at least four different attacks that have been thwarted by European authorities. These attacks are consistently being tied back to the Iranian embassies throughout Europe, as many of them originate with members of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agents who are assigned to diplomatic posts.

The Iranian oppoition has long called out Iran for its state-sponsored terrorism, particularly its attacks against the PMOI/MEK. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI, consistently argued that the U.S. and the EU need to adopt a firm policy against the mullahs and their fundamentalist regime, including blacklisting the MOIS and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) organizations as a whole and expelling their intelligence agents.

“The mullahs must understand that their terrorist activities will have serious consequences and that Europe will not tolerate such malign activities as it is determined to fight against terrorism in all forms,” said Rajavi. These comments were released after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a warning at the Davos World Economic Forum about the threat posed by the Iranian regime.

Instead, the Iranian regime attempts to show strength by walking out of meeting with European officials and throwing temper tantrums to keep their end at bay. The U.S. has organized a conference in Poland for February 13 and 14 to discuss the Middle East, particularly the meddling of Iran in the region and ways to address it.

Calls for Freedom in Iran

Into this situation with all its economic and social implications for the Iranian people, who are suffering under the human rights abuses and mismanagement of Iran’s resources by the mullahs, protests and rallies supporting the Iranian people have only increased. On February 8, a Free Iran Rally will be held in Paris in which, ethnic Iranians and Iranian expatriates will assemble for a rally and march organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

The rally is against serious and massive human rights abuses and the terrorist acts of the regime in Europe against the Iranian resistance. In January, in a move that encouraged those who support a Free Iran, the Council of the European Union decided to include a branch of MOIS on its terrorist groups’ list. This decision was reached due to the MOIS participation in the thwarted attack of an annual resistance gathering on June 30.

 

About Siavosh Hosseini (289 Articles)
My background is in the visual arts, particularly in photojournalism. I have had the opportunity to cover scores of international artistic and news events in the US and across Europe since the mid-1980s. I was active in television newsrooms and production as a graphic designer and producer for more than 12 years in different television and news outfits in Europe.
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