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FRANCE FREEZES IRANIAN ASSETS WITH ALLEGED LINKS TO FOILED PLOT

French authorities have frozen assets of two Iranians and Iran's intelligence services over alleged connection with an attack they were said to plan to carry out in late June, according to officials here, reported Xinhua.

In a joint statement Tuesday, France's top diplomat Jean-Yves le Drian, Interior Minister Gerard Collomb and Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire stressed that "France has taken targeted and proportionate preventive measures" in response to the foiled plot.

The seized assets targeted two men identified as Assadollah Asadi and Saeid Hashemi Moghadam, in addition to the directorate of interior security of Iranian intelligence ministry, according to the statement.

"An attempted attack in Villepinte was foiled on June 30. An incident of such gravity on our national territory could not go unpunished," the ministers added, without giving details on the planned assault.

Le Drian noted that the foiled attack "confirms the need for a demanding approach in... relations with Iran."

According to local media reports, the plot targeted a meeting of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Paris suburbs. Officials from Iran embassy in Paris were not available to comment.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK


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