Foreign Office condemns Iran’s attacks on Europe

FILE PHOTO: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during a meeting with Muslim leaders and scholars in Hyderabad, India, February 15, 2018. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui/File Photo

The Foreign Office has condemned attacks on European soil by the Iranian government. They relate to a bomb plot planned in France in 2018, two assassinations in the Netherlands in 2017 and 2017, and a thwarted assassination plot in Denmark.

The UK attended the meeting with a number of European partners, who have not been named, but are rumored to include the Netherlands, France and Denmark.

“The UK and a number of European partners today jointly raised with Iran our deep concerns about hostile activities and plots being planned and perpetrated in Europe. Such actions are unacceptable and must have consequences.

“We informed the Iranian authorities that those responsible for the June 2018 bomb plot planned in France are being included on the EU list of persons, groups and entities involved in terrorist acts and will be subject to restrictive measures.

“We also condemned other illegal activities, including the recent thwarted assassination plot in Denmark and two assassinations in the Netherlands.

“We remain committed to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, for as long as Iran continues to implement it in full. This agreement remains central to international efforts to halt nuclear proliferation and is crucial for the security of the region. But we are clear that this commitment does not preclude us from addressing other hostile and destabilising activities.”

It comes after the Foreign Minister for the Netherlands, Stef Blok, said that intelligence services in the country had found “strong indications that Iran was involved in the assassinations of two Dutch nationals of Iranian origin”. Blok added the government believed such “hostile actions” violated Dutch sovereignty.

The two murders are alleged to have taken place in broad daylight in 2015 in Almere, a city east of Amsterdam, and in 2017 on a street close to the Dutch foreign ministry in The Hague.

The man killed in 2015 was named as Mohammad Reza Kolahi Samadi, 56, who had previously been sentenced to death in Iran after being accused of planting a bomb at the Islamic Republic party’s headquarters in 1981, killing 73 people.

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