French authorities unveiled a series of economic sanctions against Tehran Tuesday; “freezing assets” of intelligence officials after an Iranian-backed bomb plot failed in the suburbs outside of Paris.
According to Yahoo News, France blasted leaders in Iran just three months after investigators busted a planned bombing at a meeting of an exiled Iranian opposition group near the French capital.
“This extremely serious act envisaged on our territory could not go without a response,” France’s interior, foreign and economy ministers confirmed in a joint statement.
“In taking this decision, France underlines its determination to fight against terrorism in all its forms, particularly on its own territory,” added the officials.
Sources close to the investigation confirmed “the head of operations at the [Iranian] intelligence ministry” was involved in the operation.
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MISSED FLAGS: Paris Knife Attacker was on France's TERROR Watch List
French authorities and anti-terror investigators found themselves in hot water over the weekend after a lone terrorist who killed at least one individual turned out to be on the government’s “state security watchlist.”
According to the New York Times, the knife-yielding terrorist -identified as 20-year-old Chechen born Khamzat Azimov- has been on the French government’s anti-terror watch list since 2016; raising new questions over how the suspect launched his stabbing spree that injured five and left one person dead.
“Once again we learn that the terrorist was in the S Files,” said former French presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, referring to her government’s watch list. “What use are the S Files if we don’t use them to neutralize these time bombs on French soil?”
Azimov was born in Chechnya and became a naturalized French citizen in 2010. He was placed on the watch list after contacting multiple individuals who attempted to travel to Syria in 2016.
“Apart from being questioned by security services in 2017 over his connections to the Syria departure, he had no previous run-ins with the authorities,” writes the Times.
POMPEO: Iran Covertly ‘PLOTTING TERROR ATTACKS in the Heart of EUROPE’
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a stark warning to America’s European allies this week, saying the Iranian regime was actively plotting multiple terror attacks in the “heart of Europe.”
Pompeo was speaking at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library when he slammed leaders in Tehran after an “Iranian diplomat” was arrested in Vienna and charged with providing explosives for a “terrorist bomb.”
“Just earlier this month, an Iranian ‘diplomat’ based in Vienna was arrested and charged with supplying explosives for a terrorist bomb scheduled to bomb a political rally in France,” said the Secretary of State.
“This tells you everything you need to know about the regime: At the same time they’re trying to convince Europe to stay in the nuclear deal, they’re covertly plotting terrorist attacks in the heart of Europe,” Pompeo added.