Iranian-French relations on the brink of the abyss
Iran-France relations seem to be dark after the French announced on Tuesday، October 3rd that Iran’s intelligence ministry was behind a June plot to attack an exiled opposition group’s rally outside Paris and it seized assets belonging to Tehran’s intelligence services and two Iranian nationals.
According to router “Behind all this was a long, meticulous and detailed investigation by our (intelligence) services that enabled us to reach the conclusion, without any doubt, that responsibility fell on the Iranian intelligence ministry,” a French diplomatic source said.
The deterioration of Iranian-French relations could have wider implications for Iran. Because France has been one of the strongest advocates of salvaging the 2015 nuclear deal Therefore, any deterioration of French relations can mean that the regime will lose the rest of the European countries’ support.
The French government’s action is a big blow to the Iranian mullahs who see terrorism as a means to continue their rule.
Also, it seems that French police raid on a Shi’ite Muslim faith center earlier on Tuesday was aimed at also sending a signal at Iran, Which do not carry out terrorist operations on the territory of France.
A few weeks ago, France had warned Tehran to expect a robust response to the thwarted bombing and diplomatic relations were becoming increasingly strained.
French President Emmanuel Macron and Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian spoke to their Iranian counterparts about the issue at the U.N. General Assembly after demanding explanations over Iran’s role.
But it seems that Iran did not give France a clear and convincing response, while in dire need of relations with France.
Before it, in August Paris told its diplomats not to travel to Iran, citing the Villepinte bomb plot and a toughening of Iran’s position toward the West.
Paris has also suspended nominating a new ambassador to Iran and has not responded to Tehran nominations for diplomatic positions in France.
Although terrorist acts may have provided benefits to the Iranian regime in the past, but in the face of a massive public discontent inside Iran, each terrorist act will be at its own expense.
What is the main solution to confront Iran?
Maryam Rajavi addressed a seminar on “Iran’s New Wave of Terrorism – The EU and US responses,” held on October 4, 2018, at the Residence Palace in Brussels. In her video message to the political dignitaries and audience in the seminar, Maryam Rajavi said:
The mullahs have repeatedly announced that they can achieve victory through terror. As a result, imposing silence on western governments has been a significant achievement for them. Remaining silent vis-à-vis terrorism is the most damaging form of appeasement of the mullahs’ theocratic regime. Unfortunately, this is currently the prevalent policy in Europe.
This is a mistake which costs not only the security of Iranian people, but the security of Europe.
On behalf of the Iranian people, I would like to address the governments of Europe and say:
Be firm against the mullahs;
Make public the dossiers on their terrorist activities;
Close down the regime’s embassies and other centers of espionage and terrorism;
Do not deal with the companies owned or affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Khamenei’s executive staff. Every deal with these institutions contributes to funding terrorism;
Speak out against executions and torture of political prisoners and grave human rights violations in Iran;
And prosecute the perpetrators of crimes against humanity for the past 40 years in Iran.
And to prevent the Iranian regime’s terrorism in European countries, the EU declaration of April 29, 1997, must be enforced in dealing with the MOIS intelligence personnel and agents. The EU declaration calls for:
– the suspension of official bilateral Ministerial visits to or from Iran under the present circumstances;
– confirmation of the established policy of European Union Member States not to supply arms to Iran;
– cooperation to ensure that visas are not granted to Iranians with intelligence and security functions;
– concertation in excluding Iranian intelligence personnel from European Union Member States.