January 8, 2018
The European Union agreed to impose sanctions against the Iranian intelligence services on Tuesday in response to alleged plots to bomb an opposition rally in Europe last year.
The Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen announced the sanctions on Twitter, saying it is an “important day for European Foreign Policy,” adding it is a “strong signal from the EU that we will not accept such behaviour in Europe.”
Last year plot to bomb an Iranian opposition rally in Paris was foiled, leading to the arrest of an Iranian diplomat and three others.
Assadollah Assadi, a who worked for Tehran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security in Vienna was arrested last summer and is in custody in Belgium, where he is facing trial.
Three others, including a couple with Iranian roots, are also in custody facing trial over the foiled plot.
Belgian police caught the Iranian couple with half-a-kilogram of powerful explosives and a detonator.
Mr Assadi was arrested in Germany and extradited to Belgium to face trial.
The European Union is still a signatory to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreement, which limits Iran’s nuclear ambitions in return for a lifting of sanctions on Tehran.
But the EU’s relationship with the country has been under additional scrutiny after the United States left the agreement, insisting its allies did the same.