Iran Intelligence Unit on EU’s Terrorist List

Iran Intelligence Unit on EU’s Terrorist List

Thursday, 10 January, 2019 - 07:30
An European Union flag flutters outside the EU Commission headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, January 12, 2016. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir.
Brussels - London- Abdullah Mustafa and Asharq Al-Awsat
The European Union added two Iranian individuals and the directorate for internal security of the Iranian Ministry for intelligence to the bloc's terrorist list, it said in a statement on Wednesday.

"These listings have been adopted by the Council as part of its response to recent foiled attacks on the European soil," the statement said.

EU ministers agreed in Brussels on Tuesday to add the names to the list and freeze their assets, effective from Wednesday, as the Netherlands accused Iran of two killings on its soil and joined France and Denmark in alleging Tehran plotted other attacks in Europe.

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi called the EU's actions "illogical" and "surprising,” Reuters reported.

"Iran will adopt the necessary measures in response to this move and within the framework of reciprocation," Qassemi said in a statement published on the ministry's official website.

Iran has denied any involvement in the alleged plots, saying the accusations were intended to damage EU-Iran relations.

Qassemi, in his statement, accused the EU of supporting "terrorist groups" such as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO), a group that seeks to overthrow the Iranian government.

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