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    Aristide

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    France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  Aristide on Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:54 am

    Paris (CNN)France has frozen assets of Iran's intelligence services and two Iranian nationals after linking them to a thwarted plot to attack a conference held by an Iranian opposition group on French soil.

    "An attempted attack was foiled at Villepinte on June 30. This extremely serious act which targeted our territory could not remain unanswered," a joint statement by France's Economy, Interior and Foreign Ministries said on Tuesday.
    "France has taken targeted and proportionate preventive measures and has frozen assets belonging to Mr. Assadollah Asadi and Mr. Saeid Hashemi Moghadam, Iranian nationals, as well as Iran's intelligence services," the statement added.

    In July, two Belgian nationals of Iranian origin were arrested for allegedly planning to attack a gathering organized by the Iranian exile group Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) in Villepinte, outside Paris.
    Special police units intercepted the suspects' Mercedes in Sint-Pieters-Woluwe just outside Brussels. They found 500 grams of triacetone triperoxide (TATP), an explosive material, and an ignition mechanism in a small toiletry bag, according to Belgian authorities.
    Amir S., 38, and his wife Nasimeh N., 34, were arrested on charges of "attempted terrorist murder" and the preparation of a terrorist offense, according to a July 2 joint statement by the Belgian Federal Public Prosecutor and the Belgian Federal Intelligence and Security Agency.

    France's President Emmanuel Macron meets with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in New York on September 18, 2017, as world leaders gathered in the United States for the UN General Assembly.
    The statement added that a diplomat at the Iranian Embassy in Vienna, a "contact person" of the couple identified as Assadollah A., was also arrested in Germany. Germany approved the diplomat's extradition to Belgium.
    German authorities said the diplomat "cannot cite diplomatic immunity" because he was on holiday outside his host state of Austria.

    Iran has rejected the allegations. "The entire story is a plot and scenario aimed at spoiling the good and developing relations between Iran and Europe," Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said, according to a report in Iran's state news agency IRNA on Tuesday.
    "Rejecting accusations and allegations again, Iran strongly objects to detention of an Iranian diplomat and urges his urgent freedom," he added.
    France is party to the Iranian nuclear deal, which the Trump administration withdrew from in May. European countries, including France, have tried to salvage the deal, conducting intensive talks with Iranian officials in recent months.
    Mujahedeen-e-Khalq advocates for regime change in Iran. It was on the US State Department's terror list from 1997 to 2012 over the killing of six Americans in Iran in the 1970s and an attempted attack on the Iranian mission to the United Nations in 1992.
    Around 25,000 people attended its June conference in Villepinte, according to Belgian authorities.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/03/europe/iran-france-plot-intl/index.html
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    Re: France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  PapaDragon on Wed Oct 10, 2018 4:56 pm


    Personally couldn't care less about either Iran or France but why the hell would Iranian intelligence keep their cash outside the country?
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    Re: France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  Aristide on Wed Oct 10, 2018 5:37 pm

    PapaDragon wrote:
    Personally couldn't care less about either Iran or France but why the hell would Iranian intelligence keep their cash outside the country?

    Because they are isolated. They are cut off from the world banking system. Having their cash inside Iran makes it worthless cash.
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    Re: France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  GarryB on Wed Oct 10, 2018 10:55 pm

    Wow... attempted murder with explosives... now lets see... I believe the standard practise it to capture two of them and send them to Hau atoll for a couple of years to get a good tan and then when they get pregnant or get a sore tummy you send them home right?
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    Re: France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  Aristide on Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:07 am

    GarryB wrote:Wow... attempted murder with explosives... now lets see... I believe the standard practise it to capture two of them and send them to Hau atoll for a couple of years to get a good tan and then when they get pregnant or get a sore tummy you send them home right?

    No, we use different standards on our enemies. The most likely end is, they will end in some dirty prison hole near Nantes for 25 years plus x

    The french justice system is known to be quite merciless with non french.
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    Re: France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  GarryB on Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:26 am

    You don't say... how American of you...
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    Re: France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  Aristide on Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:23 am

    GarryB wrote:You don't say...  how American of you...

    Thats not american. The americans act french regarding that.

    You told me about the thing in New Zealand. I dont know whats your problem? Nobody from New Zealand got hurt. You come from a small country without any international influence.

    Out of interest i did read into what you said. It was long before i was born and i find it funny.

    We bombed a ship in your harbor and sank it. You went angry and and what happened? You got no support. Not even from your allies Australia and UK or Canada. France forced even your allies to ignore you and even put pressure on New Zealand. We crippeled your economy and blocked you from trading with EU. You gave by and send us both our agents. We send them on a prolonged super vacation in polynesia. Today both have high offices in our administration.


    Not the incident itself ashamed France but that we were caught and had to do such a petty conflict with a country so far below us.

    New Zealand clearly did not know its place then.

    You should thank us. We showed you your place and we also showed you that you have no friends. When you looked for support from UK and Australia or Canada all turned away and stayed silent.

    A very important lesson for you.
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    Re: France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  GarryB on Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:43 am

    Yes, those dumb hicks from the south pacific managed to catch your terrorists... and of course you reward them for their valour of sneaking around in a friendly allied country and blowing things up... no one was supposed to get hurt... it was just shear French incompetence that led to the death of a man.

    I am sure in France going to a foreign friendly country with explosives and blowing something up and then running away is considered very heroic...

    Really you are quite right... we should be thanking you... lesson learned... at the end of the day Frogs are censored and the bullshit from the UK and Aussie about being mates is all crap... the practical result of course is that we looked elsewhere for markets for our products when France pretty much blocked us from the EU, and so we have become rather less dependent on the European market.... which is just as well... how could a Kiwi farmer every compete with those EU farmers with 12 animals and enormous subsidies from their governments...

    The amusing thing is that when people in Europe talk about fear of China or Russia... China or Russia can hardly treat us any worse than our allies so there is that of course.
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    Re: France freezes assets of Iranian intelligence over alleged bomb plot

    Post  Aristide Today at 8:34 pm

    GarryB wrote:Yes, those dumb hicks from the south pacific managed to catch your terrorists... and of course you reward them for their valour of sneaking around in a friendly allied country and blowing things up... no one was supposed to get hurt... it was just shear French incompetence that led to the death of a man.

    I am sure in France going to a foreign friendly country with explosives and blowing something up and then running away is considered very heroic...

    Really you are quite right... we should be thanking you... lesson learned... at the end of the day Frogs are censored  and the bullshit from the UK and Aussie about being mates is all crap... the practical result of course is that we looked elsewhere for markets for our products when France pretty much blocked us from the EU, and so we have become rather less dependent on the European market.... which is just as well... how could a Kiwi farmer every compete with those EU farmers with 12 animals and enormous subsidies from their governments...

    The amusing thing is that when people in Europe talk about fear of China or Russia... China or Russia can hardly treat us any worse than our allies so there is that of course.

    The EU is still NEw Zealands biggest trade partner. We produce alot you cant make yourself.

    Its true though that your agriculture is not very productive. We grow better Kiwi in France. Your mussels are a cheap derivate for people who cant afford french oysters and your meat is overprized because the transport costs.

    Also you should not call our military "terrorists". All involved followed orders. Thats what a militry does. New Zealand had no damage from this.

    Also New Zealand should always remember its place and be careful. remember we are not that far and can reach any part of your country within a very short amountof time from Nouméa.

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