Former Iranian diplomat’s rare confession triggers disputes among regime officials. Majedi admits the regime’s direct involvement in terrorist activities in Europe.
A rare admission by a former Iranian diplomat has entailed frantic reactions by many regime officials. Earlier, in January 2019, Ali Majedi, Tehran’s former ambassador to Germany, acknowledged that the Iranian regime has been deeply involved in terrorist activities in Europe.
“To back their claims, the Europeans have produced evidence that we can’t deny. They have witnesses for their claims. There are some who think they can serve their country’s interests through arbitrary acts.” Majedi said in an interview with state-run ISNA news agency.
Majedi states his remarks a few days after the EU’s new sanctions were imposed on a subset of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and two of its members for engaging in terror plots on European soil.
In one specific case, Assadollah Assadi, a senior diplomat of the regime’s embassy in Vienna, was arrested for his direct involvement in a failed bombing plot against the annual gathering of Iranian opposition in Paris. Assadi had personally handed over 500 grams of a highly explosive material to an Iranian couple who were tasked with carrying out the terror attack.
Iranian regime officials tried to dismiss the sanctions as baseless and conspiracies by the PMOI/MEK. The regime has been categorically denying involvement in terrorist activities, but the explicit confession of Majedi to terrorist activities has become the source of disputes among Iranian regime officials.
Iranian regime’s attempts to divert and justify Majedi’s remarks
A few days after Majedi’s interview was broadcast, the Iranian regime’s foreign ministry issued a statement to divert attention and conceal the facts in order to justify Majedi’s remarks. While criticizing “misinterpretations of Majedi’s remarks by foreign media and people with wrong deeds,” the foreign ministry’s statement lays the blame for terrorist activities on opposition groups.
“Regarding rogue operations, it is clear that [Majedi] has not made reference to any specific case and was speaking of a general concern about possibilities,” the foreign ministry’s statement reads.
The Iranian regime’s diplomacy further claims that evidence provided by European authorities is not definitive and the claims can’t be proven. “As [Majedi] has stressed, these attacks were probably conducted by opposition groups in ways that will be blamed on Iran,” the statement further reads.
“Foreign media and people with bad intentions are advised not to make their desired interpretations of this interview, and to not attribute their wishes to others,” the Iranian regime’s foreign ministry writes.
Meanwhile, a debate between former Iranian officials from rivaling factions has been surfacing damning realities about the crimes committed by the mullahs’ regime.
In a public discussion broadcast by state-run media, Tajzadeh, tied to the so-called “reformist” camp and former political deputy of the interior minister during Mohammad Khatami’s presidency, and former MP Alierza Zakani, a renowned “principalist (hardliner)” discussed different matters of state and the history of the regime.
The rare comments have touched on two contentious issues that have been the sources of heated debates between regime officials for decades. The first is the chain murders, a series of assassinations carried out by government operatives against dozens of Iranian intellectuals in the 1990s. When the murders came to light, the Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei denied his regime’s involvement and blamed them on “foreign enemies.”
The second event which Tajzadeh refers to is the 1994 bombing of the Shrine of Imam Reza in Mashhad. Imam Reza, one of the descendants of the Prophet Mohammed, is among the 12 historical leaders of Shiite Muslims. After the bombing, the Iranian regime made several arrests and broadcast forced confessions from people who claimed to be associated with the PMOI/MEK and carried out the bombing on the orders of MEK leaders. As Tajzadeh makes clear in his remarks, the entire process was staged and made up by the regime.
Tajzadeh’s remarks reveal a recurring pattern in the Iranian regime’s tactics: Committing crimes and blaming them on the MEK to defame the main opposition.
The enemy’s representative
The remarks by Ali Majedi (Tehran’s former ambassador) also caused outrage among other regime’s officials. Keyhan newspaper, widely known as the mouthpiece of Ali Khamenei, the regime’s Supreme Leader, published a polemic titled, “Iran’s ambassador or the enemy’s representative?” and wrote: “The more regrettable part of this interview is that our country’s former ambassador to Germany has sided with the Europeans regarding terrorism charges against the Islamic Republic.”
The frantic damage control attempts by the foreign ministry following Majedi’s confession, only underlines what the Iranian opposition has been warning about for decades: The Iranian regime’s embassies (espionage nest) and its diplomats (diplomat-terrorists) are security and terrorist threats to any country that have diplomatic relations with the regime.
This has been proven by a trail of terror attempts that have surfaced in a number of countries in the past year alone, including France, Albania, United States, Netherlands and Denmark where the Iranian regime is trying to lash out against members and supporters of the Iranian opposition as the regime finds itself increasingly incapable of dealing with growing dissent and uprisings inside Iran.