Germany’s federal intelligence issued its annual report for 2018, emphasizing how the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) has increased its activities in Germany, especially its surveillance on the Iranian opposition.
The formal name of the intelligence agency is "The Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution".
This report stresses how Tehran’s MOIS is focusing its efforts its measures on monitoring the moves of opposition groups inside the country and abroad. The MOIS blueprinted plans to attack the Iranian opposition in Europe. For example, the plan to attack the PMOI/MEK annual conference near Paris back in June 2018 was specifically stated in the report.
The report also refers to the arrest of Iran’s Vienna-based diplomat-terrorist by the name of Assadollah Assadi. He is held currently by Belgian authorities and faces charges of being the MOIS’ official colleague organizing the attack using explosives to target the PMOI/MEK’s annual conference near Paris. This individual used a Belgian-Iranian couple as the elements to carry out this attack, the report adds. Germany transferred this diplomat to Belgium back in October 2018 and his case remains open both in Germany and Belgium.
This report indicates the MOIS is the main element of the Iranian regime active in Germany. The MOIS carries out its operations in Germany through individuals who have legal residency in Germany or are being directed from Tehran, the report adds.
The MOIS resorts to pressures and questioning when its targets travel to Iran to visit family or for business purposes. In Germany, the MOIS representative in the Iranian regime’s Embassy in Berlin plays an important role in monitoring the incoming intelligence.
The new report adds that on security threats that Iran’s regime worked to obtain equipment for its nuclear program that could be used for weapons of mass destruction.
According to the 388 report, which covers a range of security threats to Germany’s democracy, “The spreading of atomic, biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction or the use for their manufacture and corresponding products, as well as weapons carrier systems such as rockets and drones, including this Know-how, is called proliferation.” According to the definition of proliferation contained in the new federal intelligence report and other German intelligence documents, the Iranian regime's activities meet the criteria of seeking to purchase technology that can be used for weapons of mass destruction.
The federal intelligence agency confirmed that Iran’s regime engaged in a “clear rise in indications” of attempts to secure material for its rocket program. German intelligence agents consider the activities to be “proliferation relevant” because rockets can carry weapons of mass destruction, noted the report.
Iran is involved in the illicit procurement of technology for weapons of mass destruction, according to the May German intelligence agency for the northern state of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
In the 206-page report, the intelligence agents wrote: “The fight against the illegal proliferation of nuclear, biological or chemical weapons of mass destruction and the materials needed for their manufacture, as well as the corresponding delivery systems [e.g. rockets], including the necessary knowledge, in cooperation with other authorities, is also the responsibility of counterintelligence.”
The intelligence report continued, “From these points of view, it is essentially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [North Korea] and the Syrian Arab Republic that needs to be mentioned. The intelligence services of these countries, in many ways, are involved in unlawful procurement activities in the field of proliferation, using globally oriented, conspiratorial business and commercial structures.”
The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern security officials noted that Iran’s regime, the Russian Federation and China are the main engines of intelligence gathering and should be viewed within a “security-related” context.
Each German state (there are 16) has its own intelligence agency and intelligence report.
The Mecklenburg-Vorpommern report covers the year 2018 and was published just days after a damning Bavarian state intelligence report on Iran’s illicit activities.
According to the Bavarian report, Iran’s regime is “making efforts to expand its conventional arsenal of weapons with weapons of mass destruction.” The Bavarian agents define weapons of mass destruction as “the spread of atomic, biological [and] chemical weapons of mass destruction.”
Iran was termed a “risk country” in the 335-page Bavarian document outlining serious threats to the security and democracy of the state of Bavaria.
The Bavarian report noted that the country’s criminal customs police prevented an electronic beam-welding machine from being sold to Iran.
“The machine can be used for the production of [missile] launch vehicles,” said the document.
According to the report, extensive attempts were made “to disguise the actual customer in Iran” with respect to the machine. The real end-user was in Iran but the illicit activity said the end-user company was in Malaysia. The efforts to illegally bypass German export control regulations resulted in a criminal conviction of the director of the Bavarian-based company that sought to sell the welding machine to Iran.
The Bavarian agency said it will continue “to monitor whether Iran consistently and consequently complies with the agreement signed in July 2015.”