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In a counter-retort, Iran slams EU saying Europe itself has active terrorist and criminal groups
Tehran / Brussels – After the United States withdrew from the ‘Iran Nuclear Deal’, severe differences have developed between Iran and the European Union (EU), which had continued its cooperation with Iran. The EU has imposed sanctions against Iran, alleging it of developing missile and hatching conspiracies of terrorist attacks. Iran has hit back at the EU saying, ‘We are disappointed with such accusations and concerns of the Europeans, while in Europe itself terrorist and criminal groups are being active’. At the same time, Iran has also rejected the INSTEX – the alternative system that Germany, France and the United Kingdom proposed and set up to bypass the US sanctions.
Last year, terrorist plots were busted in France, Germany and Belgium. During investigations, the terrorists arrested in the European countries were found to have a direct connection with Iran’s elite force, the Revolutionary Guards. Moreover, Iran also tested a ballistic missile last year. Criticising these Iranian activities, the EU had indicated imposing sanctions against the Middle Eastern country. Nevertheless, the EU had offered to reverse the sanctions if Iran gave up its terror activities in Europe as also its missile production.