The Iranian state is ‘now biggest threat to UK’ was the startling headline to greet Sunday breakfast tables. The Home Secretary’s office has voiced concern that Iranian spies are attempting to recruit members of organised crime gangs to target regime opponents. “It’s a big issue because they are getting much more aggressive and their appetite is increasing. They are very defensive to anyone challenging their regime and just want to stamp it out. They are increasing their agitation.”
MI5 warned last year that Tehran had been behind ten murder and kidnap plots, and in February this year, the Metropolitan Police said it had risen to 15. Iran International, a dissident TV channel, was forced to stop broadcasting from its British headquarters after Scotland Yard warned it could not protect staff.
There is pressure for the Iranian Revolutionary Guard to be proscribed as a terrorist organisation to make prosecutions for incitement to violence and assassinations easier on UK soil, though the Foreign Office is uneasy about a diplomatic fallout making it harder to revive the international talks on the deal curbing Iran’s nuclear programme.
The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps IRGC) is separate from the army and mandated to ensure the integrity of the Islamic Republic which includes preventing foreign interference and crushing “deviant movements” that harm the ideological legacy of the Islamic Revolution. Currently, the IRGC is designated as a terrorist organization by Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the USA.
Founded on 5 May 1979 its astrology does clash with the UK chart. A Taurus Sun opposition a no-compromise, rebellious Uranus collides with the UK’s Fixed planets; and the IRGC’s ruthless Mars Mercury in Aries opposition Pluto bears down on the UK’s North Node. The relationship chart suggests that while anxiety and suspicion are rife this year with tr Saturn in hard aspect to the composite Saturn square Neptune, it is 2024/25 when the tension will rise sharply as tr Pluto squares the composite Mars and opposes the composite Jupiter in a fight for the upper hand.
Both the Iran 7 October 1906 and 1 February 1979 charts are an uncomfortable match with the UK. The relationship chart of Iran06/UK has another power-struggling composite Jupiter square Pluto and uncooperative Sun Uranus. The Iran79/UK has a hostile-dislike Mars square Pluto, a distrustful Saturn Neptune; and an uncompromising Sun Uranus. Both relationship charts are being pressured through 2023/24.
The IRGC will be revving up for a determined push in 2024/25 with tr Pluto in a confident opposition to its Jupiter but will be running into a major setback by 2025 with Solar Arc Saturn opposition its Mars.
Iran has in recent years seemed a distant menace and the UK is hardly important on the world stage so why this should be brewing does seem more than odd.