U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Wednesday that a plot by Iranian officials to bomb a dissident rally in the heart of Paris “lays bare Iran’s continued support of terrorism throughout Europe,” and justifies the Trump administration’s broad reimposition of sanctions on Tehran.
“The scale of this plot, which involved arrests of numerous suspects across Europe – including in Belgium, France and Germany – reminds us that Iran remains the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism,” Pompeo added.
“We support our European allies in exposing and countering the threat that Iranian-backed terrorism poses around the world.”
Last week, France foiled a plot to bomb a weekend rally by an exiled Iranian opposition group in France, called the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran.
The apparent attack was meant to have targeted a meeting of thousands of Iranian opposition supporters just north of Paris that was also attended by leading U.S. figures.