The US State Secretary, Mike Pompeo has made claims that the Republic of Iran is carrying out operations to assassinate its political enemies at the heart of the European continent. Pompeo’s claims have been received by Iranian exiles and security experts with a lot of shock and confusion. Foreign policy experts and international relations professionals have said that they are not aware of any evidence that can be linked to the allegation. The newly appointed State department chief referred to the allegations of the assassination on Monday this week during his first major speech after taking office. Pompeo, however, only dedicated a single line of his speech to the assassination allegations.
These claims come at a time when there is a litany of criticisms by the West regarding the behaviour of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. Pompeo said that the Iranian Quds had conducted covert operations in the heart of Europe to assassinate the regime’s political enemies. The State Department head was speaking about the external operations that are being conducted by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). When the spokesperson for the state department, Heather Nauert, was contacted to comment on the secretary’s statement, Nauert said that Pompeo has access to information and data that he did not have security clearance too.
The State Department’s spokesperson said that his boss had a basis for the statement and that Pompeo had assured the entire department that he would firmly stand by his statements. Pompeo’s allegations have taken the US diplomats working in Tehran by surprise. In all of the European continent, there have not been any documented murder cases that have had any connection with the Iranian regime. The last Iranian prime minister was assassinated in France over two decades ago. Shapour Bakhtiar was gunned down in Paris in 1991. Also, there were four Kurdish dissidents from Iran that were shot down in a Greek hotel popularly known as Mykonos in Berlin Germany.
This happened just a year after the prime minister was assassinated. In 1997, a Mykonos court issued an international arrest warrant for Hojjat al-Islam Ali Fallahian. Fallahian was the then minister of intelligence in Tehran. However, Iran declined to honour the international arrest warrant. A bus that was ferrying tourists of Israeli descent was bombed in Burgas, Bulgaria in 2012. The government of Bulgaria blamed the attack on Hezbollah. Hezbollah is widely viewed by the United Nations and the United States as an Iranian client force.