“Significant rise” in Iranian interference in the UK: think tank

Iran is increasingly interfering with Britain to achieve its goals and must now be considered a top threat, the British think tank Henry Jackson Society (HJS) warned.

Activities include encouraging Scottish separatism and attacks on Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as global counter-terrorism efforts, according to a 100-page report (pdf) Published by HJS on Monday.

In a report written by think-tank counter-terrorism and British dictatorship expert Paul Stott, the Iranian administration “has a world-wide interpretation of Islam to maximize its political and religious dominance. It is a dictatorship that tries to spread the word. “

The report said the administration is not only using physical means to achieve its objectives, but is also trying to disrupt British constitutional integrity with disinformation and fake websites online.

Also, Iranian diplomat Asadullah of Vienna, who was convicted of endangering thousands of people in a plan to bomb a rally of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in France in June 2018. He also gave some examples of Iran’s activities in other countries, including Asadi. Attendees include a 35-member British delegation and senior US politicians such as Rudy Giuliani and Newt Gingrich.

“The Iranian government is a hostage government. It holds British citizens hostage and uses it as a trump card for negotiations.” In a statement, Stott said:Refers to many British Iranians who have been or have been imprisoned in Iran, including perhaps the most famous Nazanin Zagari Ratcliff.

Richard Ratcliff, husband of Nazanin Zagari Ratcliff
Richard Ratcliff and daughter Gabriella, husband of British Iranian aid worker Nazanin Zagari Ratcliff, who has been imprisoned in Tehran since 2016, protested in front of the Iranian embassy in London on March 8, 2021. Attend. (Ben Stansol / Getty Images via AFP)

Iran is also “trying to use disinformation online to interfere with Britain’s constitutional arrangements,” Stott said. “Here Iran must be seen as a top-level threat with the same intent as Russia.”

“Despite the negotiations between the West and Iran on nuclear ambitions, Iran is also trying to weaken our social cohesion and is promoting its own Shiite Islam in British institutions,” Stott added. I did. “It hasn’t changed much since Fatwa with Salman Rushdie for more than 30 years.”

Rushdie is an English-American writer whose life was endangered after the Iranian administration published a fatwa (a legal view by Islamic scholars) over his novel The Satanic Verses in 1989.

Stott called his report “Investigation, Audit and Analysis of Iran’s Network of Influence in the United Kingdom.”

We have identified seven areas in which Iran has or is trying to establish an influential network, including politics, religion, media, cultural networks, Iran’s diaspora, education and academia, business and finance.

Stott supported Irish republicanism in Northern Ireland, where Iran “made considerable effort” to develop political relations with independent Scottish politicians, on the road to both the far left and the far right. I gave an example of operation.

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