Published On: Mon, Aug 26th, 2019

Iran news: ‘Weak’ EU policies against Iran blasted as citizens fight regime ‘atrocities’ | World | News

Hossein Abedini, a representative of the National Council of Resistance of – a dissident political organisation which considers itself to be the main opposition to the Iranian regime – told the Iranian regime has been able to use dual nationals hostages as a “bargaining chip” to deal with the West thanks to the “weak” approach of the  against the rogue state. Mr Abedini said: “Whatever the regime says it’s not from a position of strength. If they saw robustness and if they saw a strong action, a unified action, they would retreat from their position. Our experience for many many years is that this regime has faced lots of crisis inside Iran.

“It’s only a hollow threat but it’s, of course, a terrorist regime so the only way to deal with it is not to give it further concessions.

“They should deal with it as strongly as they say. There are tactical measures that should be taken.

“Especially putting the IRGC down on a terrorist list.

“The EU, unfortunately, has weak and vassal governments with weak policies that are counterproductive.

“It has only affected the regime to a degree to challenge its atrocities.”

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It comes as US President Donald Trump backed away from confrontation over Iran on Monday, a day after French President stunned other leaders by inviting Iran’s foreign minister to the G7 Summit in Biarritz for talks on the stand-off between Washington and Tehran.

President Trump told journalists that they had been wrong to report that he was blindsided by the five-hour visit of Mohammad Javad Zarif to the summit’s sidelines, and said that while he thought it was too soon for a meeting he had no objections to it.

European leaders have struggled to calm a deepening confrontation between Iran and the United States since Trump pulled his country out of Iran’s internationally brokered 2015 nuclear deal last year and reimposed sanctions on the Iranian economy.

Mr Zarif spent about five hours in Biarritz after his plane touched down at the airport, which has been closed since Friday to all flights unrelated to the official G7 delegations.

The official noted that President Macron and the US leader met for two hours on Saturday and discussed Iran at length, as well as at the informal group dinner Saturday night.

Mr Zarif later tweeted: “Iran’s active diplomacy in pursuit of constructive engagement continues.

“Met @EmmanuelMacron on sidelines of #G7Biarritz after extensive talks with @JY_LeDrian & Finance Min. followed by a joint briefing for UK/Germany. Road ahead is difficult. But worth trying.” 

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