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Pressure mounts on Iran after Paris bomb plot

Iran Focus

London, 16 July - Pressure is increasing on Iran now that Germany has officially charged Iranian diplomat Assadollah Assadi with conspiracy to commit murder and activity as a foreign agent.

Assadi, the Vienna-based diplomat for Iran since 2014, is suspected of being involved in a bomb plot against the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) at the rally in Paris at the end of June.

He is accused of hiring a couple from Belgium to commit the attack and supplying them with explosives. The husband and wife were arrested in Brussels by Belgian authorities on the day of the rally and found to be in possession of 500 grams of a homemade explosive and a detonation device.

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Iran Focus

London, 14 July - The leading Iranian opposition group has said that the plot to bomb their annual resistance rally in France on June 30 was directed by the highest powers in the Iranian Regime.

The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) cited intelligence sources inside the country and revealed that the terror plot was approved months ago by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani, and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

US vows to protect oil shipments in Gulf against Iran

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London, 7 July - The US military's Central Command announced on Thursday that the US Navy will protect commerce and free navigation through the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) threatened to blockade foreign oil shipments in retaliation for US sanctions.

Central Command Spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban said: "The US and its partners provide, and promote security and stability in the region. Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever international law allows."

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani threatened on Tuesday, while at a meeting in Vienna, to blockade oil shipments from the Gulf countries, after Donald Trump made additional efforts to persuade China, Japan, and India, among others, to ditch Iranian oil to avoid upcoming US sanctions.

Hossein Salami

Iran Focus

London, 10 July - The senior commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has made a terrifying threat against Israel in a speech this weekend.

Hossein Salami said that Iran had created an "Islamic army" near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights in Syria, which he warned would be used to "end" Israel.

The Times of Israel reported that Salami had said: “Today, an international Islamic army has been formed in Syria, and the voices of the Muslims are heard near the Golan. Orders are awaited, so that the eradication of the evil [Israeli] regime will land and the life of this regime will be ended for good. The life of the Zionist regime was never in [so much] danger as it is now.”

Iranian diplomat arrested for planning a terrorist attack on NCRI grand meeting in Paris

Iran Focus

London, 2 July - This weekend, three terror plot suspects were arrested in France and Germany over an apparent terror attack plot to bomb a rally organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran in Paris on Saturday.

Two suspects in Belgium were intercepted by police on Saturday and were found with 500 grams of TATP, a home-made explosive produced of easily available chemicals.

The couple, believed to be from Antwerp, were also found with a detonation device in their car, Belgian prosecutors and the intelligence services said.

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