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An Iranian resistance group has called on European leaders to stop engaging with the current regime as Tehran threatens military action against its rivals – even on foreign soil.
Fars news agency associated with Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran published an article on July 27 calling on the Islamic Republic to “put military action against the MKO headquarters in Albania on the agenda”, arguing that these actions will help maintain “international peace and security”.
Iran calls the group “MKO”.
The agency even referred to Article 51 of the UN Charter, which enshrines the right of a member state to “individual or collective self-defence.”
Ali Safawi, a member of the foreign affairs committee of the Paris-based Iranian National Resistance Council, denounced the Fars report and urged Western allies to do more to oppose the current regime.
“The brazen threats from Iran’s ruling theocracy against its principled Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) opposition primarily reflect the extent to which the mullahs are intimidated by the growing prowess and influence of MEK-affiliated resistance militias within Iran,” he said. Safawi. said, calling the report “a pathetic attempt at blackmail Western governments offer him concessions.
“Resoluteness is the only effective policy to counter terrorism and Tehran’s militancy beyond its borders.”
The farce referred to Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK or IOC) as a “terrorist sect” or “terrorist cult” but over the past two decades the group has developed healthy relationships with the United States and other countries.
The U.S. once designated the MEK as a foreign terrorist organization for alleged killings of personnel in Iran in the 1970s, but the State Department changed the group’s status after it renounced violence in 2012. Since then, former Secretary of State John Kerry visited MEK members on a 2016 tour of Albania, and former Vice President Mike Pence and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with members of the MEK group in 2022.
Tehran went so far as to sanction 61 US officials this month for their support of the MEK, including attending MEK events and actively supporting the group and its opposition to supreme leader Khamenei, Reuters reported.
“The Iranian regime’s Foreign Office has sanctioned 61 very senior former American officials, including Mike Pompeo, John Bolton and General Jim Jones… a number of very prominent Americans for their longtime support of the MEK,” Safavi said.
“Of course, the same kind of support that you see in the United States… is also happening in Europe, where many parliamentarians from different European countries, the European Parliament, the Council of Europe, national parliaments… have repeatedly expressed support for a firm policy with the regime and the need for the West to refuse from the policy of appeasement and involvement of the Iranian people and the Iranian resistance.”
Safavi argued that this more aggressive stance by the current regime indicates that leaders in Tehran are “fearful of the influence” of the MEK on Iran itself. According to him, the West should start to take a tougher stance towards Iran, including ending the appeasement policy.
“Remember that back in 2018, many senior Iranian diplomat in Vienna transported 500 grams of explosives from Tehran to Vienna aboard a commercial airliner to hand over to two of his agents in Luxembourg to attempt to blow up the entire annual Free Iran World Summit near Paris.” slap in the face”, which will only encourage Iran to act so “brazenly”.
He also claimed that JCPOA will not be effective and that the US should abandon its attempts to revive the “hopeless and useless” plan that Iranian officials never stopped “deceiving and violating”.
“This deal has never stopped Iran from rushing towards nuclear weapons,” Safavi said. “In fact, all the time the JCPOA was in effect, the mullahs were deceiving and violating their obligations.
“If Iran is interested in peaceful energy, in peaceful nuclear energy, it does not need to enrich uranium, like many other countries. It can be imported from abroad.”