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By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times - Updated: 6:58 p.m. on Thursday, July 12, 2018
The Europe-based opposition to Iran’s ruling mullahs charged on Thursday that the plot to bomb its annual resistance rally near Paris on June 30 was approved by Iran’s highest leaders.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran quoted its intelligence sources inside the country as saying that Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and President Hassan Rouhani approved the plan.
Belgian authorities foiled the plot when they found explosives in a car driven by a couple with ties to Iran. Prosecutors said the two were directed by Assadolah Assadi, an Iranian diplomat/spy posted at the country’s embassy in Vienna. After the Belgian arrests, German authorities apprehended Mr. Assadi, who had passed the explosives to the selected bombers, prosecutors said.
U.S. officials say Iran routinely packs its embassies in Europe with intelligence operatives who aggressively spy on exiled opponents.
The Tehran regime, pegged by the U.S. as the world’s chief state sponsor of terrorism, has rejected the charges.
Some U.S. media outlets suggested that the plot was a “false flag” staged by the council, often referred to as the People’s Mujahedeen of Iran, or MEK.
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