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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:20 pm on 27 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    Iranian regime supreme leader expresses despair of banking on European states 

    Reporting by PMOI/MEK

    Iran, September 27, 2019—On Tuesday, in a meeting with the members of the Assembly of Experts, Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of the Iranian regime, attacked European states for not having helped his regime out of its current ordeal.

    In his remarks, Khamenei said, “[The Europeans] do not have the same capabilities, hegemony and facilities [as the U.S.]; but, the mentality of the European leaders is the same as that of the U.S. officials. They enter the scene as mediators, they negotiate, contact, make calls, make lengthy speeches, and make commitments, but they are not truthful.”

    Khamenei also lamented that the Europeans have in effect “adhered to the U.S.’s cruel secondary sanctions and did not take any steps.”

    Meanwhile, Khamenei revealed his desperate need to garner support from European countries and avoid total isolation from the international community by saying, “One point about Europe and the foreign policy affairs is that we have not closed the door for establishing relations and negotiating with any country in the world, apart from the Zionist Regime and the U.S. We are indeed busy working and endeavouring.”

    Khamenei’s desperate and contradictory remarks come against the backdrop of increased international criticism against the Iranian regime for its destabilizing and hostile activities. Last week, as world leaders prepared to convene in New York for the yearly UN General Assembly meeting, Tehran launched a massive missile and drone attack against the facilities of Saudi oil giant Aramco.

    While the regime tried to shrug off responsibility for the attack and attribute it to the Houthis, its proxy terrorists in Yemen, strong evidence proved that the missiles were indeed launched from Iran’s soil. The incident drew strong condemnation from world leaders, including European officials who were previously trying to mediate negotiations between the Iranian regime and the U.S.

    Interestingly, there’s a mismatch between the English and Persian versions of Khamenei’s remarks published on his websites. The Persian edition of Khamenei’s website has described the U.S. and Europe as “enemies and devils such as America and evil Europe,” while his English website, tuned to a foreign audience, has omitted this comment.

    Farsi version of Khameneis website describes U.S. and Europe as enemies and devils such as America and evil Europe

    Farsi version of Khamenei’s website describes the U.S. and Europe as “enemies and devils such as America and evil Europe”

    Khameni’s frustration over the deadlock of his regime is reflected in comments by other regime officials. On Tuesday, Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian regime’s president met with Emanuel Macron, his French counterpart, on the sidelines of the UNGA meeting, to express his outrage on a statement by France Germany and the United Kingdom, which made it clear that Tehran was responsible for the attack on Aramco.

    In his meeting with Macron, Rouhani described the statement issued by the so-called E3 as baseless allegations raised against the Islamic Republic and criticized such a measure, according to the Iranian regime’s state media outlets.

    Also this week, Ahmad Jannati, a senior Iranian cleric and head of the mullahs’ Guardian Council and Assembly of Experts, acknowledged the complete impasse facing this regime.

    “We are not the winners in negotiations [with the U.S.]. In fact, we will have to obey their commands. They want to restrict us and force us to surrender by limiting our abilities one by one. This includes our ballistic missile capabilities to other issues,” Jannati concluded.

    Adding salt to the wound was two days of rallies and protests by a large gathering of supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in New York, who were there to echo the voices of millions of Iranians who are fed up with the mullahs’ regime and are calling for regime change in the protests they stage every day across Iran.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 3:34 pm on 24 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    European Parliament Strongly Condemns Crackdown on Women in Iran 

    European Parliament

    The European Parliament on September 19, 2019, adopted a resolution condemning Iran’s regime for violations of women’s rights in Iran.

    Anna Fotyga MEP said: “Mr President, I pay tribute to the women of Iran, to their courage, resolve and determination, not only in the fight for women’s rights, but also in speaking out in defense of the whole society against the regime. One of the major opposition movements in Iran, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, is led by a woman (Mrs. Maryam Rajavi) as well.”

    “Recently, many women were sentenced to a long time in prison for just protesting against the compulsory wearing of the hijab, but also women with dual nationality, both EU and Iranian, as well, arm in arm with men, are suffering because of persecution there. We appeal for their immediate release.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:01 pm on 5 Sep 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    EU Must Consider the Human Rights Violations in Negotiations With Iran’s Regime 

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    While the world follows closely U.S.-Iran tensions in the Middle East, and Iran’s breaching of the 2015 nuclear deal, one shouldn’t forget about the gross human rights violations in Iran.

    According to statistics published by the state-run media, human rights activists including the Human Rights Monitor (HRM), Iran’s regime continues executions and holds the record of execution per capita.

    According to the HRM, in the first six months of 2019, Iran announced 99 executions. This includes two women and eight public executions. In addition, HRM reported that in 2019, at least three of the executed people were under the age of 18 at the time of their arrest.

    The Iranian regime is the world record holder of executing women and minors. According to a report by the Amnesty International, two of the executed minors in April were also condemned to lashing.

    The Iranian Regime’s Judiciary condemns political activists and Iranian dissidents, under the term of “Moharebeh” or waging war against God, and “Mofsed-e-fel Aarz” or corruption on Earth. The regime frequently uses these charges for condemning the supporters of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, MEK). In May 2018, Mohammad Mogheyseh head of the regime’s 28th branch of Tehran Revolutionary Court, condemned Abdollah Ghasempour, 34 years old, to execution for having relationships with the MEK.

    The Iranian regime has a record of political purges and executions. In the summer of 1988, more than 30,000 members and supporters of the MEK and other dissident groups were executed with a Fatwa (religious decree), issued by the regime’s founder Ruhollah Khomeini.  After nearly 30 years, there are very few signs of their burial locations.

    A quick glance at the Iranian regime’s systematic human rights violation sparks this question that shouldn’t European powers include human rights in their political relations and negotiations with the regime?

    Do EU governments care about the human rights in Iran, in particular the 1988 massacre, as much as they are interested in creating a mechanism to fund this regime and continue their business with it?

    It is high time that in any negotiations or relations with dictatorial regimes, such as the one in Iran, human rights be the central condition.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:59 pm on 19 Mar 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    The EU Needs a Better Policy on Iran 

    Written by Staff Writer (https://www.ncr-iran.org)on 19 March 2019.

    The US has adopted a “maximum pressure” campaign toward the Iranian Regime since pulling out of the malign nuclear deal last year, reinstating economic sanctions and encouraging diplomatic isolation.

    By comparison, the European Union’s policy is largely undefined and they still seem eager to appease Iran, even if they are willing to confront the mullahs occasionally on isolated incidents.

    While many hope that the EU will move more in the direction of the US, especially following recent sanctions levied against some members of the Regime, they currently follow an appeasement-at-all-costs policy because they have not yet reached a consensus about what they should be asking Iran for.

    However, the key to understanding Iran is to recognise and reject Iran’s propaganda, which is there solely to present Iran as a normal country that is capable of internal moderation.

    This has previously led the West to embrace so-called moderates, like President Hassan Rouhani, despite the fact that there are no moderates in the Iranian Regime. After all, would a moderate appoint Mostafa Pourmohammadi as Justice Minister, despite knowing about his role in sending thousands to the deaths in the 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners? Pourmohammadi, who claimed to be “proud” of his role in the massacre, was replaced in 2017 by Alireza Avaie, another man who served on the death committees only in a different city.

    This was compounded last week by the confirmation of Ebrahim Raisi, who served alongside Pourmohammadi on the Tehran death committee, as head of the judiciary. While Rouhani did not appoint Raisi because the Supreme Leader selects judiciary chiefs, this signifies that there is no real difference between Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, which is what the US and the Iranian opposition have been saying.

    In fact, the Iranian Resistance has been leading an uprising against the Regime, in spite of a violent crackdown that saw 50 killed and 8,000 arrested, which calls for regime change.

    Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former vice-president of the European Parliament and current president of the Brussels-based International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ), wrote
    “There is far more consistency in these protests than there is in European policy toward Iran. Overwhelmingly, the Iranian people are calling for regime change because they know exactly what to expect from the ruling theocracy: endless repression and a constant state of animosity toward the international community. If the nations of Europe would only come to understand that there is no “moderate” alternative to this policy within the existing regime, they would surely begin to realize that their support could help the Iranian people achieve the freedom and democratic governance for which they are so willing to risk their lives.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:57 pm on 4 Feb 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    International conference calls for a firm policy toward the growing terrorism of the Iranian regime 

    Brussels – Feb. 4, 2019 – On Monday, a conference at the European Parliament headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, discussed the growing terrorist activities of the Iranian regime and the correct policy that the international community, especially Europe, must take to address the threats posed by the Iranian regime.

    Former EP Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras

    Former EP Vice President Alejo Vidal-Quadras

    The conference comes less than two weeks prior to a major international conference in Warsaw, Poland, where senior officials will be discussing multitudes of threats the Iranian regime is posing to global peace and security. It is also being held against the backdrop of increased terrorist activities by the Iranian regime in Europe.

    Former European Parliament Vice President Dr. Alejo Vidal Quadras, who moderated the conference, stressed that terrorist acts coming out of Iran are being coordinated at the highest levels of power within the regime, a fact that Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif implicitly admitted to in a recent parliament hearing.

    “However, [EU foreign policy chief Federica] Mogherini and her colleagues are trying to hide this truth,” Quadras said. “The remarks of Iranian officials and the facts on the ground leave no doubt that we are faced with the rise of Iranian terrorism against Europe. We must protect our countries.”

    Quadras also criticized the EU’s decision to only take minimal punitive measures against the Iranian regime for its terrorist activities. “The question is, why only a branch of the Intelligence ministry and not all of it has been added to the European terror list. Why hasn’t the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) been sanctioned. Why not the Supreme Leader and the President, who are directly responsible for many of these plots, been sanctioned? Why are Europeans seeking business as usual with the Iranian regime,” Quadras said.

    Quadras warned that the European Union’s appeasement policy is giving the Iranian regime the green light continue its terrorism. “The EU insists the nuclear deal remains in its security interest. Yet these terror plots have happened after the nuclear deal was forged, which casts doubt over the promised security of the nuclear deal,” he said.

    Judge Freeh: The only language this regime understands and respects is applied force and sanctions

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh

    Former FBI Director Louis Freeh

    “In Europe, we know the historical dangers and consequences of improper appeasement,” said Former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who spoke at the conference.

    Freeh stressed that the terrorist activity by the Iranian regime is not the work of several rogues or people who are unilaterally performing acts of terrorism on their own. “It’s controlled by the state,” he said. “The constitution of the regime dictates to pursue terrorism against activists and opponents. The regime has a pattern of practice of terrorism to achieve its goal.”

    Judge Freeh explained that while the regime is faced with an economic crisis and a plummeting national currency, it is desperate to maintain its influence and leverage. “That’s why it is resorting to terrorism,” he said.

    European countries want to both appear strong and they also desire their relationship with the Iranian regime, Judge Freeh said, which is resulting in a contradictory policy of trade deals and very minimal punishments for egregious acts of terrorism by the regime.

    “The U.S. has taken a strong position that you can’t trust the Iranian regime. It could never be trusted because the mullahs ruling the country don’t have the same respect for the rule of law that we all do. If you can’t trust a partner, you can’t do commerce with that partner,” Freeh said. “The regime is trying to murder people in Paris who are peacefully advocating for freedom. There was a plot with Iranian diplomats to blow those people up.”

    Freeh also asserted that despite a failed terror plot in Paris, the Iranian regime continued its terrorist activities in Europe. “The regime will continue to operate that way as long as European capitals tolerate that,” he said.

    Regarding recent EU sanctions against a small subset of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry (MOIS), Freeh said, “When you only sanction a small branch, you’re giving the green light to your adversary to continue terrorist acts and that you’re willing to continue to do business.”

    “We want the people of Iran to someday have the freedoms that we’re taking for granted.

    European governments must strengthen their resolve against the Iranian regime.

    The entire MOIS must be sanctioned. The IRGC must be sanctioned, as well as leaders and officials,” Freeh recommended. “The only thing this regime understands and respects is applied force and sanctions.”

    Farzin Hashemi: Terrorism is part of the regime’s DNA

    NCRI member Farzin Hashemi

    NCRI member Farzin Hashemi

    Farzin Hashemi, a member of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), provided details into the regime’s terror network active in Europe.

    “The Iranian regime’s MOIS, IRGC and IRGC Quds Force are all involved in the mullahs’ terrorism apparatus. Our latest information from inside the regime relates to the regime’s terror plot against the opposition Iran Freedom rally on June 30th in Paris.

    “Reza Amiri Moghadam of the MOIS collaborated with Asdollah Assadi, a Vienna-based diplomat, to carry out the operation targeting the major rally. This is a clear example of the coordination of Iran’s different agencies and that decisions are made at the highest ranks of the regime.”

    In reference to Albania, where members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) are based and the Iranian regime is focusing its main terrorism efforts, Hashemi explained how the government of this country has adopted strong measures against Tehran.

    “The prime minister of Albania expelled the Iranian ambassador and chief intelligence officer from his country. Albanian officials explained that the Iranian regime were plotting to bomb a ceremony of the PMOI/MEK. Mohammad Nia, one of the expelled diplomats, was also one of the members of the nuclear negotiations team.

    Hashemi went on to shed light on the closely knit terrorism-decision making network in Tehran.

    “The MOIS is closely tied to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in terrorist activities. Terrorism is institutionalized at the highest levels of the mullahs’ regime, at the Supreme Security Council headed by the President, now being Hassan Rouhani. Afterwards, the decisions are sent to the office of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for approval. Terrorism is part of the regime’s DNA,” the NCRI member explained.

    Looking forward, Hashemi spelled out the measures necessary for Europe in the face of the Iranian regime’s growing threats.

    “I think it is time for Europe to take a firm stance vis-a-vis the mullahs’ regime. All officials involved in these decisions must be sanctioned. They do not represent the Iranian people. They are in fact suppressing the Iranian people at home, while being interlocutors of Mrs. Mogherini,” Hashemi explained as he emphasized.

    “The entirety of the MOIS, the IRGC and all individuals engaged in the acts of terrorism must be blacklisted. The EU should also listen to the Iranian people and put an end to this illusion that there are two different factions in Iran. These terrorism activities are carried out by the entirety of the regime and approved by the Supreme Leader.”

    Giulio Terzi: There must be much more courage among European countries

    Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi

    Former Italian Foreign Minister Giulio Terzi

    The Iranian regime is especially unique in using its embassies and missioning its diplomats for not only intelligence gathering measures, but also carrying out terrorism plots.

    “Clear and proactive initiatives by member states should be adopted. There is an ongoing cooperation between Western intelligence and Iranian proxies… Iran has a special status in its approach and relationship with the West, especially in regards to intelligence interaction. The cooperation here is on a different level,” said former Italian Former Minister Giulio Terzi.

    “Diplomats suspected of being involved in criminal plans must be immediately expelled from European countries. A strong policy must be adopted. There must be much more courage among European countries. We must pay special attention to the safety and security of our people,” he emphasized for EU officials in Brussels who decide on their policy and approach with the Iranian regime.

    “The cyberthreats from Iran must also be dealt with in a specific way,” the former Italian Foreign Minister added as Tehran steps up its malign activities in this field.

    Yves Bonnet: Europe must consider closing Iranian embassies

    Former French intelligence chef Yves Bonnet

    Former French intelligence chef Yves Bonnet

    Totalitarian regimes resort to terrorism to remove their opponents, explained former French intelligence chief Yves Bonnet. Defined as state terrorism, it is worse than other forms of terrorism and far worse to have terrorism carried out under diplomatic cover and through embassies, he continued.

    “The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of these terrorist state. It is carrying out bomb plots, assassinations, abductions and much more, especially in the first two decades of its existence,” the DST chief added.

    What remains mind boggling to those unfamiliar with the terrorism nature of this regime is the reason and logic behind Tehran’s terrorism campaigns and measures.

    “Why is the regime taking the risk to engage in terrorist activities again? It is faced with various difficulties on political and economic fronts. And it is its habit to make terrorist attempts against the opposition whenever it finds itself in a difficult situation,” Bonnet emphasized.

    “The new stance of European diplomacy is great news, and it will complicate things for the Iranian regime, which usually banks on rivalries between European states. But we must also make it clear that we’re willing to take further steps, such as closing down their embassies. Because it’s clear that the Iranian regime uses its embassies at bases of operations for its terrorist activities,” the DST chief reiterated by voicing strong measures against Tehran’s mullahs.

    “I think that we must very seriously consider the closure of Iranian embassies, and expel the diplomats whose only interest is eliminating opposition members. Accordingly, we must consider the international recognition of the Iranian Resistance as the real representatives of the Iranian people.”

    Claude Moniquet: The Iranian regime needs to eliminate MEK and NCRI to maintain its hold on power

    Claude Moniquet

    Claude Moniquet

    For four decades, the Iranian regime has been using terrorism as a foreign policy tool, according to Claude Moniquet, a retired French journalist and a former intelligence agent at the French Directorate-General for External Security.

    “[Iran’s regime] uses terrorism to fuel tensions in the Middle East… This regime has developed a security apparatus that, on the one hand is designed to extend its rule, and on the other, to expand its terrorist ideology abroad,” he explained.

    “There might be personal rivalries between the mullahs, but where foreign policy is concerned and the use of the diplomatic apparatus for terrorism, regime officials are of a like mind and all decisions are made by the Supreme National Security Council,” the former DST intelligence agent added.

    The Iranian regime is based on the two pillars of domestic crackdown and foreign warmongering. Terrorism is one such tool used by Tehran in response to a conglomerate of crises.

    “Why would the regime resort to terrorism? There are internal problems in Iran. The regime needs to eliminate the MEK and NCRI to maintain its hold on power. Because these are the main opposition that can organize protests in Iran. The regime also has interests in preventing the Palestinian and Israeli peace talks to keep the situation in Middle East complicated and insecure,” Moniquet explained, shedding light on the various aspects of Tehran’s malign activities.

    “The regime has also carried out terrorist activities in Europe. There were dozens killed in Europe in the past decades, but the Iranian regime has never met a firm response. Europe has conveyed the message to the Iranian regime that it can conduct terrorist activities on their soil without being held to account,” he added, reiterating the importance of Europe adopting a firm approach against the mullahs’ regime.

    “For the first time, we have an Iranian diplomat who has been arrested because of his direct involvement in a terrorist plot. We have a chance to take firm action, including expelling diplomats, closing embassies and cutting diplomatic ties until the regime respects international norms and values.”

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 7:25 pm on 19 Jan 2019 Permalink | Reply
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    European SPV: morale-boosting panacea or recipe for more inner fighting among the ruling Iranian mullahs? 

    Iranian regime officials are losing hope in a European payment mechanism that is supposed to help them circumvent U.S. sanctions

    Analysis by PMOI/MEK

    Jan. 19, 2019 – Shortly after the current U.S. administration pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, the European Union announced its plans to set up a clearinghouse-like mechanism that allowed continuous trade with Iran by circumventing the resuming energy and banking sanctions.

    At first, the so-called Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) functioned as an anti-dote to the gradually waning moral of the already battered base of the Islamic Republic. Four decades of hypocrisy, blatant corruption, and nepotism takes its toll.

    On January 24, about three weeks after the deadline for creating the financial mechanism by the EU has passed, Bahram Ghassemi, the spokesperson for Hassan Rouhani’s foreign ministry, said in a press conference: “Europeans are interested in implementing the financial mechanism, but it has been impacted seriously under U.S. pressure. We have complaints about them, but we aren’t waiting for them and will follow our course firmly.”

    When a reporter from a newspaper close to the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei asked him about Iranian officials’ repeated promises that the SPV will become operational, Ghassemi dodged the question and said: “Anyways, time increases one’s experience and I think that’s valuable and you can clear many ambiguous points in this process.”

    When the reporter asked Ghassemi to answer specifically to his question, he said: “Look, you want to take me again to the bottomless pit where I give you a schedule and after ten days, 15 days [or] a month you ask me that Islamic Republic officials or the spokesperson for the foreign ministry said that date and it didn’t happen.”

    On January 25, Iran’s deputy oil minister said to Mehr news agency: “Soon the financial mechanism will bear fruit.”

    On the same day, Young Reporters Club quoted a Politico article saying that, “the SPV will probably launch in mid-January, around the third anniversary of the implementation of the nuclear deal.” The full Politico article describes that the SPV will probably only cover goods already exempt from sanctions, but the Iranian outlet didn’t find it useful enough to relay.

    But despite continued efforts to boost morale with the promise of the SPV, fear and anxiety is already showing through the cracks.

    Jahan-e Sanat newspaper, close to Rouhani’s so-called moderate faction, writes: “The Warsaw summit is an answer to Washington’s need to make Iran’s issue international by entering Europe’s differences and deepening them. Washington’s final goal is to obstruct Europe in the financial mechanism issue.”

    But as time passes and while European officials gradually decrease Iranian expectations from the SPV, the panacea is starting to turn into a prescription for reopening old and nasty wounds of inner quarrels between the ruling Iranian factions.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:46 pm on 19 Nov 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    150 MEPs Call for Expelling Iran Intelligence Agents From EU 

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    Statement on Iran 
    (November 2018)

    We are very worried about the deteriorating situation of human rights and repression of women in Iran. The country has maintained the highest number of executions in the world per capita during the presidency of the so-called “moderate” Hassan Rouhani. According to Amnesty International’s Global Report on the Death Penalty, more than half of all recorded executions in 2017 took place in Iran. It is also the leading executioner of underage offenders.

    Women are frequently harassed by morality police for the way they dress, and hundreds of women are arrested every day for improper veiling or “bad hijab”.

    Since late December last year, Iranian cities have been the scenes of major uprisings and anti-regime protests. The social atmosphere is volatile, and people demand fundamental change. The regime’s officials have acknowledged the role of “resistance units” of the opposition PMOI in organizing protests and nationwide strikes.

    Unable to defeat the protesters at home, the regime launched a new wave of terrorism against the democratic opposition activists in Europe and in United States. In March 2018, a car-bomb plot targeting the Persian New Year gathering of Iranian dissidents in Tirana was foiled, and two men were arrested by the police. The Albanian government, host to nearly 3000 Iranian opposition refugees, should not permit Tehran’s agents on its territory.

    On 1 July 2018, German police arrested an Iranian diplomat from the embassy in Vienna and charged him with terrorist offences. He was later extradited to Belgium, and he is on trial accused of handing over a highly-explosive device to an Iranian-Belgian couple who were planning to bomb the opposition NCRI’s Free Iran gathering in Paris in June. In August 2018, two Iranian agents were arrested by the FBI and charged with spying on the PMOI in the US and preparing assassination plots.

    In October, the French government officially sanctioned Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and accused it of being behind the Paris bomb plot. French ministers stressed: “This extremely serious act, which was intended to take place on our soil, cannot go without a response”.

    Denmark foiled a new Iranian terror plot on its soil in October. The EU’s silence in the face of brutal human rights violations in Iran and lack of any response to the serious terror plots in Europe is unacceptable.

    We must hold the Iranian regime accountable for its terror plots and expel Iranian Intelligence Ministry operatives from Europe. We must also condition our relations with Iran to an improvement of human rights and women’s rights, and a halt to executions.

    MEP Signatories:
    Gérard DEPREZ, Chair of Friends of a Free Iran,…

     
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    • wizzymedpower 7:31 am on 27 Nov 2018 Permalink

      We must hold the Iranian regime accountable for its terror plots and expel Iranian Intelligence Ministry operatives from Europe. Thanks Dalvand for the Iranians update.. Prayer going on for the nation of Iran.. Thanks again – Israel

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    • Masoud Dalvand 5:43 pm on 1 Dec 2018 Permalink

      Thanks dear friend, God bless you.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:23 pm on 19 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Nearly 200 European Lawmakers Support Iranian People’s Uprising for Democratic Change 

    By Al Riyadh Daily

    The office of Mr.Gérard Deprez, MEP Ministre d’Etat, Belgique and the Chair of Friends of a Free Iran in European Parliament issued the following Press Release.

    We are announcing the joint statement of 197 members of the European Parliament in support of Iranian people’s uprising for a democratic change. The signatories are from all political groups and tendencies in the European Parliament and include several Vice-Presidents of the parliament and Committee and Delegation Chairs.

    The uprising which began on 28 December and continued for nearly 2 weeks, shook Iran. The nationwide protests covered all 31 provinces of Iran and over 140 cities. The people of Iran, especially the younger generation, have made it clear that they are fed up with Islamic fundamentalist rule and want a regime change. Many chanted “down with the dictator,” “down with Khamenei” and “down with Rouhani.” Women played an active role in the protests.

    The regime’s response was to use violence. Thousands were arrested. Already 14 of the protesters have died under torture. The human rights situation has deteriorated in the wake of the recent protests. Iran continues to carry out the highest number of executions per capita globally.

    Many senior leaders and officials of the regime have spoken about the role of the main opposition PMOI (or MEK) in the uprising. According to AFP, on 2 January, Rouhani called President Macron and asked him to take action against a Paris-based Iranian opposition, which he accused of fomenting the recent protests. On 9 January, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Supreme Leader, said the PMOI had organized the uprising and implicitly threatened to execute the protesters.

    We condemn the use of force against the defenseless protesters and call on the EU and European governments to adopt effective measures and binding decisions to compel the regime to release the political prisoners.

    We are troubled by the misinformation campaign by the Iranian regime against Iranian exiles. It seems that as the regime is besieged by uprisings, protests and strikes all over the country, it needs more than ever to spread false information against its opposition to restrict their activities. Tehran must not be allowed to extend its policy of repression and harassment to Europe against dissidents and political refugees who should be able to raise public awareness for human rights and women rights in Iran.

    We are quite critical of the current policy of the EU regarding Iran. Human rights in Iran cannot be compromised or marginalized on the pretext of political considerations, trade or the nuclear deal. Any expansion of political and economic relations with Iran must be conditional upon a clear progress on human rights, women’s rights and a halt to executions.

    via Nearly 200 European Lawmakers Support Iranian People’s Uprising for Democratic Change

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 11:17 am on 16 Mar 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis 

    Iran N. Korea axis

    By Richard Goldberg and Mark Dubowitz

    Wall Street Journal, March 14, 2018 – Defying precedent and conventional wisdom, President Trump says he’ll meet in May with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. Mr. Trump wants a sustainable deal that leads to North Korean denuclearization. The president’s critics scoff, and even his supporters are rightly skeptical. But Mr. Trump has conditions: His policy of maximum sanctions pressure will remain in place, Pyongyang must commit to the goal of denuclearization upfront, and it must refrain from missile or nuclear tests during talks. That may give him some leverage.
    But if there’s one thing that would help Mr. Trump to succeed, it’s fixing the fatally flawed nuclear deal with Iran. The Iran-North Korea axis dates back more than 30 years. The two regimes have exchanged nuclear expertise, cooperated widely on missile technologies, and run similar playbooks against Western negotiators. The fear: Tehran is using Pyongyang for work no longer permitted under the 2015 nuclear deal while perfecting North Korean-derived missile delivery systems back home.
    Iran and North Korea both began their pursuit by acquiring designs and materials from Pakistan’s infamous A.Q. Khan proliferation network. Reports of more extensive cooperation haven’t been confirmed: Iran reportedly sent its nuclear chief, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, to a North Korean nuclear test in 2013. Last summer North Korea’s second-highest-ranking official reportedly visited Iran for 10 days. In early 2015, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said Pyongyang and Tehran could be cooperating to develop a nuclear weapon.
    Missile cooperation is extensive. Iran’s Shahab-3 nuclear-capable ballistic missile, whose 800-mile range means it can hit Israel, is based on North Korea’s Nodong missile. The 1,200-mile-range Khorramshahr missile, which Iran showed off last year, was derived from North Korea’s BM-25
    For years Iran watched Pyongyang play the Clinton, Bush and Obama administrations to advance its nuclear and missile programs. The Kim regime demonstrated how a relatively weak country could persuade the U.S. to yield on major concessions along a patient pathway to nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles.
    The Islamic Republic followed North Korea’s lead when it negotiated the enrichment of uranium and potential reprocessing of plutonium on its own soil, crossing what for years had been an international red line. In exchange for short-lived restrictions on its nuclear program, missiles and conventional arms, Tehran will soon have industrial-size capabilities to enrich uranium and possibly reprocess plutonium for atomic weapons, nuclear-capable missiles, and hundreds of billions of dollars in sanctions relief.
    Mr. Trump appears determined to regain American leverage. On Jan. 12, he declared that he would reinstate the most powerful economic sanctions against Iran by May 12 unless Europe agrees to join the U.S. in fixing the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. His demands: Eliminate the deal’s sunset provisions, constrain Iran’s nuclear-capable missile program, and demand intrusive inspections of Iranian military sites. All of these conditions would be tied to a snap-back of powerful U.S. and European Union sanctions if Iran was found in breach.
    To date the Europeans have refused to budge, especially on the sunset provisions, perhaps not believing Mr. Trump will leave the deal. They are adamant that nothing must be done to jeopardize the JCPOA, which they see as an important foreign-policy accomplishment—not to mention a lucrative one, with billions of dollars of potential Iranian business for their companies.
    If Mr. Trump caves in to European pressure on the sunset provisions, the agreement will grant Iran a legitimate nuclear program with weapons capability within a decade. In that case, the president will be hard-pressed to get North Korea to agree to permanent denuclearization. If he agrees to let Iran keep testing nuclear-capable missiles that threaten Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates or Israel, North Korea will expect the right to test nuclear-capable missiles to hit South Korea, Japan and Guam. If he buckles on an Iranian nuclear breakout time of less than one year or on the development of advanced centrifuges that enable an easier clandestine nuclear sneak out, he will signal to Pyongyang that it, too, can withstand American pressure. Then Pyongyang can resume its march to nuclear-tipped missiles that hold America and its allies hostage.
    Former Obama-administration officials warn that if Mr. Trump abandons their Iran nuclear deal, North Korea will view the U.S. as an untrustworthy partner. The opposite is true. The North Korean dictator wants to talk because the Trump administration’s campaign of maximum economic sanctions pressure is working.
    But if the president agrees to a fictional fix to the JCPOA, or if he responds to a stalemate by backing down from the threat to reimpose maximum economic sanctions, North Korea will see Mr. Trump as a paper tiger. Conversely, if North Korea sees that Iran is held to tough nuclear and missile standards, backed by the credible threat of crippling sanctions, Mr. Trump will be better positioned to make it clear to Pyongyang that he means business.
    The path to a denuclearized Korean Peninsula thus runs through Tehran. If Mr. Trump fixes the fatal flaws of the Iran deal, or even if he scraps it because the Europeans balk, his high-stakes North Korean gamble may yet succeed. Even if it doesn’t, he’ll have stopped Iran from following North Korea’s path to nuclear weapons and the missiles to deliver them.
    Mr. Goldberg is a senior adviser and Mr. Dubowitz chief executive at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

    Source: The Pyongyang-Tehran Axis

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:29 pm on 24 Jan 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Maryam Rajavi: Immediately free those arrested in Iran uprising 

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    Maryam Rajavi

    MARYAM RAJAVI AT PRESS CONFERENCE IN THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE: IMMEDIATELY FREE THOSE ARRESTED IN IRAN UPRISING

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    Maryam Rajavi at press conference in the Parliamentary Assembly of the council of Europe: Immediately free those arrested in Iran uprising

    I have come here to call on Europe and the world to take urgent action for the release of thousands of young souls who have been arrested during the uprising.

    Dozens of protesters have been shot dead and 8,000 arrested.

    Every day we hear the news of a prisoner killed under torture.

    The regime’s officials, however, ridiculously claim that they have committed suicide
    while in detention. A number of them are missing.

    Many families are anxiously passing days and nights, not knowing anything about their children. The mullahs are not willing to account.

    But Europe is silent.
    Torturing prisoners to death is a crime against humanity. But I have not heard of any European government protesting this news. Why?
    Where is Europe’s commitment to human rights?

    Doesn’t the European Human Rights Convention also include the people of Iran?
    But people are not going back into their homes.

    Iran is in an explosive state and protests are continuing throughout the country.

    The regime is engulfed in crises. In the past month, the value of the country’s official currency has dropped 15 per cent. The regime is doomed to fall and the Iranian people are determined to continue their struggle until they put an end to the mullahs’ religious dictatorship and establish freedom in Iran.

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    In such circumstances, on behalf of the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance, I urge the Council of Europe, the European Union and its member states, and the United Nations to stand beside the people of Iran and not the ruling religious fascism. Specifically, I call for the adoption of the following steps:

    1. The International Community, particularly the Council of Europe and the European Union, must adopt effective and practical measures to compel the clerical regime to free all those arrested during the uprising.
    2.
    The regime must understand that it must pay a high price for opening fire on demonstrators and killing them under torture.

    3. The regime must announce the names of all those arrested and all those killed under torture. They must account for those missing and if they have been murdered, the regime must announce where they have been buried.
    4.
    5. An international delegation must be formed for inquiry about those killed and detained during the uprising and those who have been killed in custody. The Iranian regime must be compelled to allow this delegation to visit Iran.
    6.
    7. The religious dictatorship ruling Iran does not enjoy any legitimacy. It does not have any future and investing in it is doomed to failure. All diplomatic and economic relations with the regime, must be halted. Comprehensive sanctions
    8.
    must be imposed on Iran’s rulers for decades of crimes against humanity.
    Iran’s economy is concentrated in Khamenei’s headquarters and in the hands of the IRGC.

    Trading with this regime fuels its killing machine and its export of war and terrorism.

    -Immediate freedom of the prisoners of the uprising

    -Freedom of expression and association;

    -No more repression and no more compulsory veil;

    Now and just today.

    After 39 years, enough is enough!

    Thank you all, very much.

     
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