U.S. accuses Iran of using diplomats as cover for terrorism

U.S. accuses Iran of using diplomats as cover for terrorism

The US views Iranian embassies in Europe as a cover for plotting terrorist attacks, State Department officials said, after Tehran slammed the arrest of its diplomatic envoy as an outlandish ‘false flag’ operation.

The Trump administration takes the recent arrest of an Iranian diplomat “very seriously” and sees it as evidence that Tehran is using its diplomatic properties to plot terrorist attacks, AP reported, citing the unnamed official.

"Just this past week there were Iranians arrested in Europe who were preparing to conduct a terror plot in Paris, France. We have seen this malign behavior in Europe," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Sky News Arabia yesterday.

"We are determined to convince the Iranian leadership that this malign behavior won’t be rewarded and that the economic situation in the country will not be permitted to be rectified until such time that they become a more normal nation," RT cited Pompeo as saying.

A counselor at the Iranian embassy in Austria, Assadollah Assadi, was arrested on July 1, in connection with an alleged plot to bomb the conference of the US-backed opposition group National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in France. Two Belgian nationals of Iranian origin were arrested on suspicion of planning to carry out the bombing.