The WallStreet Journal reported this morning some new activity among European nations as they are coming to grips with the possibility that President Trump’s administration is correct in that the Iranians are complying with the tenets of the Joint Plan of Action (JCPOA) less than they are claiming to. Here is how the Wall Street Journal reports it. “The European Union on Tuesday imposed new sanctions against Iran for the first time since the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action came into effect. This is a welcome, if belated, acknowledgment that the 2015 nuclear deal has failed to change Tehran’s behavior. Over the summer European authorities prevented a bomb attack on Iranian dissidents in Paris coordinated by Iranian intelligence across the Continent. In October Denmark announced it had stopped a plot to assassinate an Iranian opposition figure on Danish soil. The Dutch government has also accused Iran of assassinating two Dutch citizens of Iranian origin in the Netherlands in recent years. The new sanctions target an Iranian intelligence unit and two of its agents, including deputy minister and director general of intelligence Saeid Hashemi Moghadam. They have been added to Europe’s terror list and their assets will be frozen. Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Twitter tried to justify the attacks: “Accusing Iran won’t absolve Europe of responsibility for harboring terrorists”—his preferred word for anyone who opposes the regime. That Iran feels comfortable planning terror attacks in Europe after the nuclear deal was signed should be a red flag.”
The saga of Iranian disregard for its commitments to international compacts is alarming and this story is just beginning. Believe me, there is more than meets the eye going on in Iran today. For further reading you can read the articles that I wrote last year, https://mailchi.mp/f77cf782ebc4/more-than-meets-the-eye-weekly-56?e=[UNIQID] in the More than Meets the Eye archive.