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Iranian FM Promotes Conspiracy Theory, Dismisses European Terror Attacks as “False Flags”

Iran’s foreign minister charged that the recently thwarted terror attack targeting an Iranian opposition figure in Denmark was one in a series of “false flag” operations carried out by Israel’s Mossad intelligence agency with the aim of undermining the 2015 nuclear deal, The Times of Israel reported Thursday.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who helped negotiate the nuclear deal, promoted the conspiracy theory in a Twitter post, headlined with “Incredible series of coincidences. Or, a simple chronology of a MOSSAD program to kill the JCPOA?” The nuclear deal is known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The four coincidences that Zarif highlighted were Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s revelation that Iran kept a hidden nuclear archive and the United States’s withdrawal from the JCPOA; the revelation of an attempted Iranian terror attack in Paris the same time that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani was making a state visit to Europe; Netanyahu’s revelation about a nuclear warehouse in Tehran at the United Nations General Assembly, which coincided with a special session led by the U.S. on Iran at the Security Council; and the announcement of the foiled terror attack in Denmark at the same that the European Union was set to announce an accommodation to facilitate trade between the EU and Iran ahead of more severe U.S. sanctions to be imposed this month.

These events, however, are not simply manufactured charges by the Mossad, rather they have been validated by subsequent events and investigations.

Though Netanyahu announced the discovery of the Iranian nuclear archive in April, the actual raid took place in January. A few weeks later, an Iranian drone loaded with explosives infiltrated Israeli airspace before being destroyed by the Israeli Air Force.

The contents of the nuclear archive have been validated by experts at the Institute for Science and International Security, who concluded that the documents showed that Iran had a much more advanced nuclear weapons program than previously known.

Authorities in France, Germany and Belgium arrested four people associated with the Paris attack on an Iranian opposition group. One of those arrested was an Iranian diplomat and French authorities charged that Iran’s intelligence agency was behind the plot.

Danish authorities recalled their ambassador from Tehran and have discussed imposing sanctions on Iran for attempting a terror attack on its soil.

Zarif also made a mistake. The revelation about the Paris terror attack and Rouhani’s visit to Europe took place in July, not June.

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