Washington sanctions challenging Iranian regime’s terrorism funding

Sanctions against the clerical regime ruling Iran

May 29, 2018 – Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s exiting the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the Iranian regime is now facing a series of unprecedented challenges in regards to its policies.

Mousa Afshar, a member of the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Foreign Affairs Committee, shed light on this subject in a recent interview with a Jordanian outlet.

“These sanctions will prevent the Iranian regime from providing financial support to its proxy militias in Yemen and across the region,” he said.

“Tehran received $150 billion of its frozen assets through signing the nuclear deal. However, not even a dollar of this money has been spent on the Iranian people. In fact, all of it was used for terrorist militias in Syria, Yemen and Iraq,” Afshar explained.

“Following the JCPOA exit we have seen U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recognizing the Iranian people’s uprising against the religious dictatorship and Washington calling for a global coalition to confront the Iranian regime’s support for terrorism,” he added.

“Any new agreement with the Iranian regime must cover a variety of issues, most importantly ending Iran’s ballistic missile program, recognizing Iraq’s independence, disarming the Iranian regime’s militias in this country, completely withdrawing all militia groups in Syria, ending ballistic missile launches against its Persian Gulf neighbors and stopping the Iranian regime’s support for terrorist militias in Yemen,” Afshar continued.

Blood money

Iran has been able to take advantage of the JCPOA’s outcome and completely disrupt stability in the Middle East.

“To compensate for their necessity of a nuclear bomb, [Iranian regime supreme leader] Ali Khamenei’s regime has attempted to place important areas of the region under its influence, and threatening regional countries with ballistic missiles,” Afshar said.

“The Iran nuclear deal had many flaws and provided blood money to the Iranian regime, especially the Revolutionary Guards and Quds Force commander Qassem Suleimani,” he added. “The measures raised by Pompeo were carried out after the Iranian regime refused to abide by United Nations resolutions.”

The Iranian regime received free and unjustifiable concessions through the JCPOA, such as “the lack of any serious inspections of nuclear sites” and no inspections over the released assets.

In fact, these unprecedented concessions were the result of an appeasement policy adopted by the U.S. and Europe vis-à-vis the Iranian regime. The Iranian people, and nations across the region, expect such a drive to end. Only through such measures can the international community imagine to prevent the Iranian regime’s belligerence.

 

 

 

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There Is No Alternative to Regime Change in Iran

Grand Gathering of Iranians-for a FreeIran

International attention turned to Iran when US President Donald Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. He made an impassioned speech in which he pointed out that his decision was based on the security interests of his country.

In recent months, and indeed since the nuclear deal negotiations were taking place, very little has been said by the international community with regards to the people of Iran who are the first victims of the Iranian regime.

When the nationwide protests in Iran were taking place at the end of last year and beginning of this one, Trump said that he supports the people against the cruel regime that is plundering the wealth of the nation.

In his recent speech about his reasons for withdrawing from the deal, Trump once again mentioned the people. As did his new Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, who acknowledged the plight of the Iranian people. He recognised their reasons for protesting. And their right to protest.

The US Secretary of State also mentioned the “blood money” that the Iranian regime was given, highlighting that it was spent on meddling abroad. He also made it clear that any future agreements with Iran must oblige the regime to halt its enrichment of uranium and give nuclear inspectors unhindered access to all sites.

Pompeo also said it is imperative for Iran to put a complete end to its supports for terrorist groups in the region – namely Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

The president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, said that it is a huge step forward that the people of Iran are being recognized. She said that the people have been resisting for almost four decades and pointed out that they will continue to do so until the regime is finally overthrown. Democratic change, she said, is the “only solution” to the issues in Iran, but also the only way to move towards resolving conflict in the Middle East.

Rajavi said: “Forming an international front against the religious and terrorist dictatorship in Iran is requisite for establishment of peace, security and coexistence in the region and world over.”

The leader of the resistance movement also pointed out that the 2015 nuclear deal was negotiated very poorly and that the Iranian regime was given numerous concessions. Furthermore, it provided Iran with a huge sum of money, much of it in cash, which it has proceeded to spend on terrorist activities and the funding of militias and proxy groups.

At the end of last year, the Iranian people once again exercised their right to protest and millions took to the streets to make their voices heard. They criticized the Iranian regime’s corruption that is evident at all levels of leadership and called on the regime to leave other countries in the region. The people know that there is no alternative to regime change and are striving, while risking arrest, torture, imprisonment and execution, to make their future a better one.

 

How Iran’s regime is left to choose bad from worse

Iran's ballistic missile program is the most important part of the country's nuclear program
Iran’s ballistic missile program is the most important part of the country’s nuclear program

PMOI/MEK staff writer

May 12, 2018 – Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei has time and again changed his position on the Iran nuclear deal. Now and then he would canvas the accord, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as a “making of various officials,” attempting to distance himself from any negative consequences. It is now known that all the while, Iranian nuclear negotiators enjoyed his blessing to become completely involved in talks with the “Great Satan,” read the United States.

However, following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA, all of a sudden Khamenei claimed, “Didn’t I say you can’t trust their words?”

Khamenei intends to place the entire JCPOA blame burden on the faction of Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani. All the while, in the same speech he said he has told them “to get true guarantees before entering any agreements.”

“I don’t trust these three countries either,” Khamenei added referring to the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.

These contradictory remarks of seeking “true guarantees” while having no trust in the European Troika all signal the very grave crisis the Iranian regime is engulfed in. As a reminder, last year Khamenei boasted of torching the JCPOA and shredding it to pieces if the U.S. exited the accord. Now Khamenei and his regime are literally on their knees begging the Europeans.

“It is now crystal clear that his second JCPOA will be very negative in comparison to the first round. Even if the negotiating team seeks guarantees from the Europeans, which [Khamenei] believes is unlikely, this second JCPOA will be nothing like the initial version,” according to the state-run Sharq daily.

This means the Europeans will not be able to resolve anything for Iran’s regime. Khamenei understands this better than anyone. Having no other option is the reason he refuses to acknowledge this subject.

In an attempt to save face, Rouhani recently said, “The JCPOA will either remain or be terminated. If it stays, it will remain in full. Otherwise, everyone will say goodbye.”

It is worth noting that the Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has time and again, “It is all or nothing.”

At the end of the day, the Iranian regime must choose between the return of crippling sanctions and the pre-JCPOA circumstances under the UN Charter’s Chapter 7 conditions, or succumb to demands and enter new negotiations with bloodied knees. This will lead to further and increasing demands, targeting the very essence known as the Iranian regime.

The panel discussion on “Iran’s Ballistic Buildup”

Iran Ballistic Buildup Panel

Panelists discuss Iran’s ballistic missile program, nexus with the nuclear program and the way forward

Post U.S. Withdrawal from JCPOA: Iran’s Ballistic Buildup and Nuclear Ambitions

Washington, DC — On Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the National Council of Resistance of Iran-U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US) hosted a panel of leading subject-matter experts to discuss Iran’s burgeoning missile program and its ties with the nuclear weapons program.

The new 133-page book by the NCRI-US, Iran’s Ballistic Buildup: The March Toward Nuclear-Capable Missiles, was also presented by Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the NCRI’s Washington office.

Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, former Director of National Counter Proliferation Center and Special Adviser to the Director of National Intelligence;

Dr. Olli Heinonen, a Senior Advisor on Science and Nonproliferation at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and head of its Department of Safeguards;

Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security;

and Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Deputy Director for Strategy, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at The Atlantic Council, were the other panelists.

Rebeccah Heinrichs, Senior Fellow at the Hudson Institute moderated the event, after Ali Safavi of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI welcomed the panelists.

WASHINGTON, DC, USA, May 8, 2018– As president Donald Trump announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the JCPOA, on Wednesday, May 9, 2018, the National Council of Resistance of Iran-U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US) hosted a panel of leading subject-matter experts to discuss the missile program of Iran, its ties with the nuclear weapons program, its threatening impact in the region and ways to counter it. The panel starts at 10:30 am and ends at noon at the Mayflower Hotel.

Iran’s Ballistic Buildup: The March Toward Nuclear-Capable Missiles will also be released.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This NCRI-US unique report provides details on several facets of Tehran’s ballistic missile program, including its organization, structure, production, and development infrastructure, launch facilities, command centers operating inside Iran, as well as foreign assistance.

PANELISTS:
Ambassador Joseph DeTrani, former Director of National Counter Proliferation Center and Special Adviser to the Director of National Intelligence.

 

 

 

 

Dr. Olli Heinonen, former Deputy Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and head of its Department of Safeguards.

Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security.

 

Alireza Jafarzadeh, Deputy Director, NCRI’s Washington Office; author, The Iran Threat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Kroenig, Associate Professor, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, Senior Fellow in the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at The Atlantic Council.

MODERATOR:
Rebeccah Heinrichs, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maryam Rajavi: Eradicating The Clerical Regime’s Nuclear And Terrorism Threats Means Getting Rid Of The Regime In Its Entirety

Maryam Rajavi: Democratic change and an end to the Iran Regime

Democratic change and an end to the religious fascism ruling Iran is a requisite for regional peace, democracy, security, and stability

After several decades of appeasing the religious fascism ruling Iran and victimizing the Iranian people and Resistance, and simultaneous with the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA), the President of the United States declared that the lavish payments to the clerical regime by the previous U.S. administration had been disastrous, adding that the sinister regime ruling Iran, the leading state sponsor of terror in the world today, “has funded its long reign of chaos and terror by plundering the wealth of its own people.”

Speaking on behalf of the Iranian Resistance, which first revealed the Iranian regime’s secret nuclear program and facilities and has been the flag bearer of a non-nuclear Iran, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said, “Eradicating the clerical regime’s nuclear and terrorism threats means getting rid of the regime in its entirety. A regime based on the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute rule of the clergy) cannot exist without terrorism, suppression, and weapons of mass destruction.”

“As in the past, any future investment in this regime is doomed to failure. As the Iranian Resistance has persistently declared, standing with the criminal mullahs, and empowering those responsible for, and the perpetrators of, the massacre of the Iranian people’s valiant children, will only embolden the religious fascists’ warmongering, export of fundamentalism and terrorism,” she emphasized.

Mrs. Rajavi added, “As the nationwide uprising in December and January demonstrated, the Iranian people want to be liberated from religious oppression and despotism. Democratic change in Iran is inevitable and a free Iran is within reach. The end of religious dictatorship in Iran is a requisite for regional peace, democracy, security, and stability. This is the only way to end war and crisis in the region and avert a larger war.”

“The United Nations Security Council must take up and refer to an international tribunal the dossier on the leaders of the Iranian regime’s terrorism and countless crimes against the Iranian people, especially the massacre of political prisoners,” she underscored.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
May 8, 2018

Iran Desperate for US to Keep Nuclear Deal

Iran Nuclear Deal

 Radio America Online News Bureau April 24th, 2018 – President Trump’s instinct is to scrap the Iran nuclear deal while French President Emmanuel Macron is willing to amend it but not rescind it without another plan in place, but a leading figure in the Iranian resistance says the deal doesn’t stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons but does help the radical mullahs stay in power.

President Trump has until May 12 to declare whether Iran is in compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA and whether the U.S. will remain a party to the seven-nation agreement.

 

Alireza JafarzadehA_Jafarzadeh

deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, says despite Tehran’s bluster about exiting the deal if the U.S. does, the Iranian leaders badly need the agreement to continue.

“There’s no way the Iranian regime wants to lose this agreement.  They want to do everything possible to keep it because the regime knows that absent this agreement, there’s really not too many other options left for them,” said Jafarzadeh, who says threats to the contrary are nothing but “hot air.”.

He says that’s because internal unrest is reaching a boiling point.

“The regime is facing tremendous problems domestically, particularly on the economic side of it.  We’ve seen the uprising going on since December that was built around the economic corruption in Iran and the high rise in prices for very basic food.  Inflation is so high.  Inflation is skyrocketing,” said Jafarzadeh.

Iran is clamping down on media outlets and social media, so reports of the ongoing protests are hard to find, but Jafarzadeh says they are still going strong and are appearing in many different parts of the country.

“The protests are continuing ever since they started.  It expanded to 142 cities starting back in December,” said Jafarzadeh, listing off a number of cities seeing major protests in the past several days.

“Every week there is a new hot spot in Iran.  People are chanting with the same intensity against the regime, making significant demands, none of which the regime can really meet,” said Jafarzadeh.

He says some chants even explicitly scold the government for blaming its problems on America and stating that only the Iranian regime is to blame.

Keeping the deal in place is critical for the Iranian leaders because the money that flowed back into Iran from the agreement has been trumpeted as the solution to Iran’s economic problems.

However, even that good fortune could soon backfire on Iran’s leadership.

“Once the people realize that all the money that was given to the Iranian regime ended up in the pocket of the mullahs, the ayatollahs, and the Revolutionary Guard.  It was basically the military structure and the clerical structure that benefited from that.

“Imagine if there’s more pressure built against the regime what kind of political problems it’s going to create for the Iranian regime,” said Jafarzadeh.

The more pertinent issue for Trump, Macron, and other world leaders is whether the JCPOA is actually preventing the advancement of Iran’s nuclear program.  Jafarzadeh is convinced it doesn’t.

“The agreement has kept almost all of the nuclear infrastructure of the Iranian regime intact.  It has allowed the research and development of more advanced centrifuges that could actually enrich uranium much faster and more efficiently further down the road.

“It hasn’t put any meaningful restrictions on the missile program of the Iranian regime, which is really marching forward with more missile tests on nuclear-capable ballistic missiles.  And it has this ridiculous sunset clause.  In a few years, all those restrictions on the nuclear program are removed,” said Jafarzadeh.

And he says the hurdles to inspections make enforcement of the existing deal virtually impossible.

“Most importantly, there’s no serious access and inspection of a number of nuclear sites where the core of the nuclear program of Iran is.  It’s not just the enrichment but the weaponization part of the program.  We exposed at least six nuclear sites we believe need to be inspected,” said Jafarzadeh.

He says the bottom line is the JCPOA doesn’t stop Iran from getting nukes.

“As of now, the current restrictions are not sufficient enough to prevent the Iranian regime from developing nuclear weapons further down the road,” said Jafarzadeh.

 

 

 

How Syria Attack Affects Iran Nuclear Deal Crisis

 

As President Trump’s 120-day deadline for fixing Iran nuclear deal gets closer, European countries are focusing on Iranian regime’s missile program and its regional intervention, calling on the regime to stop both.

Meanwhile, the missile attack by US, France and UK on Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons facilities in Syria has extremely scared Iranian regime officials.

“Considering its behavior towards the nuclear deal and Syria, how does the United States expect Iran to negotiate over its missile program?” says head of regime’s Judiciary ‘Sadegh Larijani’, adding “they’re putting forward missile negotiations in such an environment. They should be asked: how do you expect Muslim countries to trust you? Considering your approach towards the nuclear deal and your recent criminal attack on Syria, do you really expect to have negotiations with Iran?’ ” (State-run Fars news agency, April 16, 2018)

In an article titled “tomorrow’s world is the world of missiles, not dialogues”, state-run Kayhan newspaper points to possible negotiations with the West and acknowledges that the recent missile attack on Syria has been aimed at giving a warning to Iran, writing “maybe the most important point hidden in recent missile-throws has been the message the attackers intended to send to Iran. If we agree that the main purpose of the United States and its flunkies’ clear aggression on Syria was to threaten Iran and its allies and also accept the very obvious fact that we’re living in ‘the law of the jungle’ era in which the world’s bullying countries don’t even respect their own-legislated rules, then is it wise to encourage a second JCPOA-like deal and negotiate over our military and missile capabilities with countries that happen to be the same three that were involved in attacking Syria?” (State-run Kayhan newspaper April 16, 2018)

Regime’s former diplomat Soleiman Afshar meanwhile believes that the recent missile attack on Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons sites by three western countries was aimed at ‘continuing pressure on Iran and Hezbollah through bargaining with Russia and causing a rift among Iran, Turkey and Russia.”

Pointing to United States’ 120-day deadline being over on May 12, Afshar predicts that Trump “will either leave the nuclear deal or win concessions from Iran through Europe and stay.”

Afshar refers to both alternatives as pieces of a ‘US pressure puzzle’, saying “more regional and international pieces of the puzzle will be revealed in the future.” (State-run Iranian Diplomacy, April 16, 2018)

Also in this regard, state-run Aftab-e-Yazd newspaper on April 16, 2018, writes “the coming month of May will be a decisive one as the US president makes a decision on the fate of Iran nuclear deal and will also have a possible meeting with North Korean leader. It’s quite possible that Trump’s strategic decisions next month will effectively change the situation. Under such circumstances, it seems that adopting a tougher stance against Iran and the nuclear deal is going to bring him some success.”

Such comments by regime officials and media, however, point to a bigger reality. The reality of regime’s growing weakness and inability, and that it has no defensive tool to deal with the extremely dangerous situation it’s caught in.

Being defenseless against outside pressures is while the regime is also faced with people’s increasing protests at home, protests that can’t be shielded from, either, since the regime has learned from experience that its ‘oppression blade’ could no longer stop the protests from rising.

Fearing the situation, Revolutionary Guards’ Commander ‘Mohammad-Ali Jafari’ said on April 16, 2018, “we’re going through an extremely crucial stage of the revolution, with all enemies joining hands to create an environment of disappointment.”

“In addition to problems coming from outside, there are also domestic issues that should be resolved” added Jafari, somehow pointing to the escalation of regime’s international and domestic crises and the effects they have on one another.