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  • Masoud Dalvand 10:35 am on November 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    “U.S. Policy on Iran: What Next After IRGC Terror Designation?” 

    US Policy on Iran 11/21/2017

    Sen. Joe Lieberman and Gen Chuck Wald at “US Policy On Iran: What Next After IRGC Terror Designation?”, moderated by Prof. Sasch Sheeahn from UB.
    Click on the follow link for watching all conference:

    https://www.pscp.tv/w/1yoKMMlqLAlKQ?t=24s

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:25 pm on November 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcoming Positions of Arab Community Against Clerical Regime and Calling for Effective and Feasible Action 

    Iranian Resistance welcomes the decisions adopted by the extraordinary summit of the foreign ministers of Arab States, such as condemnation of the mullahs’ regime for “its continued involvement in Arab affairs which feeds sectarian and religious strife” and “support for terrorism and terrorist groups in Arab States with advanced weapons and ballistic missiles,” and the referral to the United Nations Security Council for “violations of Resolution No. 2231 on the development of the ballistic missile program” and “violations of the Resolution (2216)” with regard to Yemen….and considers it as a necessary step to confront the policy of exporting fundamentalism and terrorism of the mullahs regime ruling Iran that must be completed with a series of practical measures.

    The clerical regime is in extreme need of export of terrorism, war and extremism for its survival. Since three decades ago, the Iranian Resistance has emphasized the need to confront this regime as the greatest enemy of peace and tranquility in the region and the world. Failure to pay attention to this threat and negotiation and appeasement has allowed the regime to expand the unprecedented wave of terrorism and war and massacres to regional countries from Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Palestine to Yemen, Bahrain and Afghanistan, and even beyond the region.

    Some of the necessary measures to complete the positions of Arab foreign ministers, as well as the decisions of the Riyadh Conference (April 2017) and the Islamic Cooperation Organization Summit in Istanbul (April 2016) are as follows:

    1. The expulsion of the mullahs regime from the Islamic Cooperation Conference and all regional institutions and organs, and awarding Iran’s seats to the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the only democratic alternative to the religious and terrorist dictatorship ruling Iran;

    2. Complete termination of economic and diplomatic relations of Arab and Islamic countries with the Iranian regime;

    3. Adoption of necessary regional and international measures to expel the Revolutionary Guards and its mercenary militias from the countries of the region, in particular, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, and to prevent the Iranian regime and its militias from sending troops and weapons to the above countries in pursuance of Security Council Resolutions 2216 and 2231;

    4. Providing comprehensive political, financial, military and weapons support to the Syrian democratic opposition, and banning any Iranian regime’s interference in the negotiations on Syrian crisis;

    5. Putting the IRGC in the terrorist lists, and complete prohibiting of dealings with its affiliated companies;

    6. Condemning the mullahs regime’s crimes against the Iranian people, in particular the execution of 120,000 political prisoners, including the massacre of 30,000 prisoners in 1988, and supporting the people’s will to overthrow this anti-human regime;

    Terrorism and extremism in its present form has emerged in this region since the reign of mullahs, and these destructive and deadly policies will end only with the overthrow of this regime. This is a matter within reach because of the hatred and disgust of the whole people against this regime and the presence of a national opposition and a powerful and organized alternative.

    National Council of Resistance of Iran – Foreign Affairs Committee
    November 20, 2017

     
    • bluemoone 11:33 pm on November 20, 2017 Permalink

      That’s a well-thoughtout plan but I do have a few questions regarding some of the points. At the top of the list is the part about the terror list. It’s a bold move, but I fear that the people might get caught in that net. You’ve seen the clumsy, bigoted way that our government tried to ban certain countries under that guise. I can understand having sanctions on the government but it would be good to not have the people suffer more than they already have in doing so. I don’t know if there is a way to accomplish that. The other was the abandonment of diplomacy. I think that still may play a part is giving support to the resistance. What about the UN bringing charges against the regime? Can that be done? Also, does the Arab states you mention include Saudi Arabia? I only ask because they have gotten ill-concieved assistance from the US and does appear to be in favor of terroristic actions, as does the US. The US interference in the government of other countries has never worked out favorably for its people largely due to our government’s motivations of greed and not the bettering of humanity. I don’t want our government to make things worse than they already have and that is very likely. I would like to ask any country considering such bold moves to be strategic in their actions and make it a priority that whatever they do, that they design their actions to support the people of Iran and minimize or eliminate the blowback on them.

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    • eliza rudolf 6:01 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink

      Great 😊

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    • Masoud Dalvand 10:36 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink

      Thanks Eliza.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 11:06 am on November 22, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you for the comments you have written to me. While agreeing with the concerns you raised, I must first recall a historical record of these actions. It is more than 38 that the United States, in spite of some apparent and small measures, has essentially prevented the fall of the regime’s dictatorship from ruling Iran overwhelmingly by its appeasement policy. Do you know that the United States, with its foolish attack on Iraq, has been giving it in a golden tray to the Iranian clerics and Quds terrorists? In contrast, more than 15 years , the legitimate and fair resistance of the Iranian people was placed on terrorist lists. Of course, the politics of the countries of the Middle East, Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries have also been affected by this policy by the United States and Europe, with the dictatorship of this regime. Therefore, as a result of this policy, the appeasement of the United States and Europe and the Arab countries, the party that has benefited most, is only the criminals and terrorists ruling Iran. The party that has seen the most damage is only Iranian people and their free and legitimate resistance. If the Arab countries are awake today, it is because of the fears that they have created in their hearts as a result of the advance of the Iranian regime and the terrorist forces. Iraq and many parts of Syria and Yemen are in control of Quds terrorist forces and their mercenaries. They want to occupy Saudi Arabia. Lebanon is under the control of the terrorist group Hezbollah, the mercenary of Iran. They want to occupy Saudi Arabia. Lebanon is under the control of the terrorist group Hezbollah, the mercenary of Iran. Well, you see that the Arab community and the US government have not yet done anything against this regime. Their threat is not at all a war with this regime. If the United States and Europe and Arab countries listened to the Iranian resistance 30 years ago, they would not have supported the regime. Now, absolutely, the Iranian resistance is not calling for sanctions that harm the Iranian people. Iran’s economy and oil are under the control of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). They use oil money to build a ballistic missile and a nuclear program to threaten the world, such as North Korea. They also export their fundamentalist religious ideology and terrorism to scare of the region countries and U.S. and EU , and the United States. It must cut off the vital arteries of the terrorists and criminals ruling Iran. I do not think these countries are so serious and determined. The only way to uprising the Iranian people and overthrow this regime is through the Iranian resistance and the establishment of freedom, human rights and sustainable democracy in Iran.
      Hope I could explain and answer to questions, thanks again dear Danelle. Good luck.

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    • bluemoone 2:00 am on November 23, 2017 Permalink

      No, what you’ve said supports my concerns even more. I agree that all countries, especially the US, needs to stop supporting criminals and needs to help, not hurt the Iranian people as well as the people of other countries that they have wronged; Honduras, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, India. I’m sure there’s more. It will only come to be if we get the criminals out of our government. That’s something that the American people have been waking up to, that nothing will change for the better until they are gone. I’m in full support of our government providing whatever assistance and backing the Iranian people need, as long as they are actually helping. They have had a long history of only helping themselves but part of that is our fault too for not doing more to stop them.

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    • Masoud Dalvand 7:52 am on November 23, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you Danielle for your opinions, you have a high level human feelings and this is what I impressed by you always. Thanks again. Good luck.

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    • bluemoone 8:20 am on November 23, 2017 Permalink

      Thank you Masoud. You are equally impressive.

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  • Masoud Dalvand 9:51 am on November 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    What is the solution to the future of Iran and the region? 

    Maryam Rajavi

    By Masoud Dalvand

    The Iranian regime’s terrorist interventions have spread to almost all Middle Eastern countries. From Iraq to Syria, from Lebanon to Yemen and … The question is: what should be done?

    As the Islamic State terror group is being defeated in Iraq and Syria, an increasing concern is focused on Tehran’s intention of establishing a land-bridge to the Mediterranean. This would provide Iran the capability to send boots, arms, finances and other necessities for its proxy forces checkered across these lands to establish a long-lasting foothold. In addition, consider other aspects of the dangers of this regime for peace and stability in the region and the world:

    • Nuclear ambitions of the mullahs.
    • Expansion of the ballistic missile program.
    • Deployment of its militia mercenaries and the troops of the Qods terrorist Force to Iraq, and Yemen.

    These are obvious examples of the increasing danger of this regime.

    So you see ,must to do something right.

    What is the solution? The time has come for the following actions:

    • As soon as possible, the Iranian regime should be thrown out of all the countries of the region.
    • Designation of the IRGC in the terrorist lists of the US State Department and the European Union,such as the US Treasury Department did.
    • Audit and trial of criminals and perpetrators of the 1988 massacre of more than 30,000 political prisoners at the International Court of Justice.
    • The Iranian regime must to subjected to massive military and economic sanctions.
    • The world must to recognize and support the efforts of the Iranian people and their organized Resistance to overthrow this regime and establish freedom and justice.

    For this religious dictatorship, there is a democratic alternative. The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its central organization, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(PMOI/MEK) led by Maryam RajaviThe ten point plan of Maryam Rajavi are the best solution for the future of Iran and the establishment of peace, stability and construction in this region of the world.

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    Maryam Rajavi in the grand gathering of Free Iran Paris, July 1,2017

    10 Point Plan-Maryam Rajavi

    Originally published at towardfreeiranwithmaryamrajavi.blogspot.com on September 19, 2017.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:07 pm on November 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Trump Administration, Regime Change in Iran and NCRI 

     By INU Staff

    INU – After many years of the US attempting to appease the Iranian regime, American commitment to economic sanctions has been effectively reestablished, and even expanded, with President Trump’s announcement on October 13 that his administration would be targeting the entirety of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps for its support of global terrorism and its crimes against the Iranian people.

    Trump has said that the Iranian people are the “longest suffering victims” of the Iranian regime. He and his foreign policy advisors have clarified that the emerging Iran strategy recognizes the difference between the government of the Islamic Republic and the people of Iran.

    Many believe that the Trump administration sees a need for regime change and is willing to pursue this goal. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing that US policy in the Middle East should include the promotion of those domestic voices in Iran who support transitioning its government from its current dictatorship to a Democracy. Still, Tillerson did not specify who those voices are, although the resistance against the Islamic Republic is a known quantity.

    The US has been slow to change its stance regarding the resistance movement, even though many American lawmakers have expressed support for the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its main constituent group the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, or MEK in Persian).

    On both sides of the Atlantic, the NCRI and MEK have widespread support among western politicians, who have given their support to the resistance’s agenda, including human rights, freedom of speech, freedom of expression, gender equality and a non-nuclear Iran, as has been articulated in the 10 point plan of the NCRI President, Maryam Rajavi. The NCRI and MEK enjoy bipartisan support in Washington, as well as across Europe and in the Islamic world.

    The main opposition against the Iranian theocracy was listed as a terrorist organization by the US State Department until 2012. However, it was included on that list because of the conciliatory nature of Iran strategy that was well established by 1997, when the MEK was given its false terrorist designation. The Clinton administration was hoping for rapprochement with the regime. It was willing to eliminate any possibility of cooperation with the MEK or NCRI as a precondition for relevant talks. On May 8, 2008, the Wall street Journal quoted several diplomats who were involved in the nuclear talks with Iran, saying, “Iranian officials have urged suppression of the MEK in negotiations with Western governments over Tehran’s nuclear program and other issues.”

    The MEK and NCRI resorted to an unprecedented legal and political campaign and was able to show that it is a legitimate resistance with support inside of Iran and among the Diaspora. It was de-listed by then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration.

    The Trump administration believes that the entire notion of moderates within the Iranian regime is a fantasy. The first term in office of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani oversaw a surge in executions and a severe crackdown on dissents throughout the country. Additionally, the UN special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Asma Jahangir, confirmed this in her October 25 report to the UN General Assembly. She said that while there are hopeful signs in the form of Rouhani’s statements, the actual human rights conditions in the Islamic Republic have only deteriorated.

    There has been a reemergence of Iranian propaganda targeting the MEK, NCRI and their affiliates. It is believed that this propaganda by Tehran and its lobby will intensify as the US continues to pursue an assertive strategy with regard to the Islamic Republic. As well, MEK, NCRI activism, particularly inside of Iran, has seen a significant upswing in recent months. In fact, there has been increased activism regarding the the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners, an overwhelming majority of them MEK supporters, during the summer of 1988.

    The US has adopted a new Iran policy, and the Trump administration must build countermeasures to disinformation in its emerging Iran policy. The White House may soon declare itself an ally to the NCRI and a supporter of the cause of domestically-driven regime change in Iran.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 4:26 pm on October 3, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran’s People And The Nuclear Deal 

    Discussions are continuing as we speak over the fate of the highly controversial Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Advocates and opponents are going the limits to present their case prior to the October 15thdeadline when US President Donald Trump is due to determine the status of Iran’s […]

    via Iran’s People And The Nuclear Deal — Iran Commentary

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 6:59 am on September 20, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Iran Rally, September 20, 2017 UN Plaza New York 

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    Organization of Iranian-American Communities-US (OIAC), the largest, most active grass root body of Iranian Diaspora in the United States, and other peace seeking Iranians and Americans NGOs, invites all concerned citizens to join the supporters to the “Free Iran Rally”, scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017 outside the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

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    The gathering will bring thousands to the U.N. against the backdrop of increasing executions in Iran just as the U.N. General Assembly meetings convene. This year’s rally coincides with shocking new revelations about the 1988 Massacre of some 30,000 political prisoners in Iran. Those with direct involvement in the massacre hold the highest positions in the current government of Iran. Rally participants will call on the United Nations to hold them accountable for this crime against humanity.

    Thousands of Iranian-American community members will join human rights activists, prominent civil and political leaders to condemn unabated executions in Iran, denounce Iranian government’s malign role in the Middle East, particularly in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon. The gathering recognizes and echoes the rights of Iranian people and their organized resistance’s for democratic regime change in Iran.

    For watching the rally click on the following link:

    https://www.pscp.tv/4FreedominIran/1YpKkmNjYOwJj

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  • Masoud Dalvand 4:24 pm on September 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Hassan Rouhani’s New Cabinet Stacked With Old Hands 

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    Veteran IRGC and MOIS Members Make Up Murderers’ Row

    Iran’s new cabinet is stacked with former Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) members who have overseen most of the brutal human rights violations over the last three decades.

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 9:18 pm on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Why is Tehran terrified of US senators meeting with the Iranian opposition? 

    Maryam Rajavi

    Maryam Rajavi

    by Amir Basiri

    Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., met with National Council of Resistance of Iran President Maryam Rajavi and members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran. Rajavi thanked the senators for their firm position toward Iran, especially the adoption of new sanctions against the ruling regime and the Revolutionary Guards for their human rights abuses, Iran’s ballistic missile program, and the export of terrorism.

    The Iranian regime has constantly tried to downplay the role and influence of the opposition coalition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, and its main constituent, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), by portraying them as marginal and insignificant. Yet, its mainstream media and top officials are constantly betraying the regime’s real feelings and fear of the group.

    The latest episode came after U.S. senators visited the organization’s headquarters in Tirana, Albania. Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Thom Tillis, R-N.C., met with NCRI President Maryam Rajavi and members of the MEK, and discussed the latest developments in Iran and the Middle East as well as solutions to end the current crisis in that region.

    Rajavi thanked the senators for their firm position toward Iran, especially the adoption of new sanctions against the ruling regime and the Revolutionary Guards for their human rights abuses, Iran’s ballistic missile program, and the export of terrorism.

    Less than a day later, dozens of mainstream media outlets representing all factions and branches of the Iranian regime expressed concern about the lawmakers’ visit, calling it a provocative move meant to cause instability in Iran.

    The visit comes as the Trump administration is reviewing its policy toward Iran’s nefarious activities, and cabinet officials have hinted at supporting regime change, a goal that the MEK and NCRI have been calling for since 1981.

    The Iranian regime and its backers in the West try to portray support for regime change as a path that will lead to another military invasion in the region, and a possible repeat of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. However, the NCRI believes that the Iranian people and their resistance movement are fully capable of achieving regime change without the need for a foreign intervention.

    In her meeting with the senators, Rajavi emphasized that contrary to the propaganda by the Iranian regime’s apologists, the ruling theocracy is rotten to the core and very fragile. Without foreign support, especially the policy of appeasement pursued in the U.S. and Europe, it would not have survived so long.

    She added that regime change in Iran is necessary and within reach because a viable and democratic alternative exists.

    The Iranian regime is increasingly extremely worried about the momentum that is building around the NCRI’s goal. In April, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., made a similar trip to Albania and met with the MEK and NCRI’s leadership. Other U.S. dignitaries and politicians attended the group’s annual rally in Paris last month, where they underlined the necessity for regime change in Iran.

    The regime is also having trouble containing MEK’s increased activism inside Iran. In the run-up to the May’s presidential elections, despite the numerous threats issued by regime officials and Iran’s security apparatus, the group’s supporters carried out widespread campaigns across Iran, denouncing the undemocratic nature of the elections and exposing the criminal history of the candidates.

    The trip of U.S. lawmakers to Tirana is one more problem the Iranian regime will have to deal with as it is faced with an opposition that is growing in influence and support, and it no longer has the advantage of a U.S. administration geared toward appeasement and concessions.

    Originally published in the   washingtonexaminer

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:08 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Iran Wary as Opposition Meets With US Senators 

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    Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi (L-center) meets with US senators in Albania (Photo: courtesy)

    BY SHAHRIAR KIA 

    How to deal with Iran has become a very controversial and complex matter for the Trump administration. Washington is currently weighing how to tackle Tehran’s belligerence through adopting a comprehensive Iran policy.

    Delivering a significant blow to Tehran, a delegation of prominent United States senators were in the Balkans last weekend, visiting leaders and members of the Iranian opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), in Tirana, the capital of Albania.
    The delegation consisted of
    • Senators Roy Blunt vice president of the Republican Conference and member of the Appropriation, Select Intelligence, Rules and Administration, Commerce, Science and Transportation committees
    • John Cornyn, the majority whip and a member of the Judiciary, Select Intelligence and Finance committees
    • Thom Tillis, a member of the Armed Services, Judiciary, Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs committees
    Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) — the political coalition consisting of the PMOI/MEK and a slate of other Iranian dissident groups and individuals — hosted the American senators for a meeting to discuss recent developments regarding Iran and the entire Middle East.
    “Led by Senator Blunt, the delegation congratulated the safe and secure relocation of all Camp Liberty residents outside of Iraq and wished them success in their struggle for democracy and human rights in Iran,” according to an NCRI statement.
    Rajavi took advantage of the occasion to extend her gratitude to the actions taken by the U.S. Senate, especially by Senator Blunt, to safeguard and protect thousands of MEK members during their stay at the camp in Iraq.
    The MEK also enjoyed senate support during their tumultuous campaign of relocating each and every member outside of Iraq to safety.
    This high-profile visit comes only three months after a similar visit by Senator John McCain, chairman of Senate Armed Services Committee, back in April when McCain met with NCRI President Rajavi and briefly visited the MEK members.
    Especially since 2009 and onward, McCain has been a fierce critic of Tehran and strong supporter of the Iranian people’s struggle for freedom and democracy. He is especially known for his passionate tribute to the young Iranian woman Neda Agha Sultan who died “with her eyes open” on the streets of Tehran during the Green Revolution.
    This significant meeting between a delegation of American senators and the Iranian opposition adds to Tehran’s long list of concerns.
    New Congressional sanctions have placed Iran under extreme restrictions due to its ballistic missile drive, support for terrorism and proxy terror groups across the Middle East, and gross human rights abuses.
    Iran, however, will not be reining in its belligerence any time soon.
    “Iran’s parliament gave initial approval on Sunday to a bill to boost spending on Tehran’s missile program and the elite Revolutionary Guards in retaliation for new sanctions imposed by the United States,” according to Reuters.
    This move would provide over $260 million to both Iran’s ballistic missile program and the terrorist-designated IRGC Quds Force.
    Trump has signaled his intention of holding Iran in non-compliance with the pact aimed at curbing the regime’s nuclear program. Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the United Nations, has plans to meet with Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency, prior to this organization’s set schedule to issue its September report on Iran’s nuclear program.
    With such a move looming, Tehran received an important message from the meeting in Tirana. Senior congressional members are taking the lead in establishing an increasing consensus to take action in line with regime change policy in the face of the mullahs in Iran.
    Shahriar Kia is a political analyst and member of Iranian opposition (PMOI/MEK). He graduated from North Texas University.Twitter

    Source: Iran Wary as Opposition Meets With US Senators | Clarion Project

     

     
  • Masoud Dalvand 8:43 am on August 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    New sanctions on Iran, now it’s time for a new US policy too 

    Alireza Jafarzadeh Foxnews

    On the second anniversary of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), or the Iran nuclear deal, some argue that the agreement succeeded in slowing Iran’s progress toward a nuclear weapon. However, the restrictions on the Iranian nuclear program are only limited, as is the international inspectors’ access to the country’s illicit facilities.In addition, in areas unrelated to the nuclear agreement,
    the Iranian regime’s behavior has only gotten worse over the past two years. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), has escalated its nefarious activities in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen, has deliberately sought out close encounters with American warships, and has boasted of new Iranian military equipment.
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     The White House’s efforts to enforce a harder line on Iran policy is well justified and the president’s signing into law of H.R. 3364, which included a title, “Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Activities Act of 2017” is a step in the right direction.
    In June, the National Council of Resistance of Iran revealed details of the escalation of the Iranian missile program, proving the nuclear threat to be real. The opposition coalition identified more than 40 sites for missile development, manufacturing, and testing, all of which were under the control of the IRGC. What’s more, at least one of those sites was known to be collaborating with the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, known by its Farsi acronym SPND, the institution tasked with weaponization activities related to the Iranian nuclear weapons program. SPND activities have continued since the JDPOA.
    Such revelations clarified what should already be common knowledge: Iran’s nuclear weapons activities have continued. Even worse, myopic focus on the nuclear issues has distracted attention from the Iranian regime’s terrorism sponsorship, regional intervention, and human rights abuses.
    If the IRGC continues to acquire more wealth through its large-scale control of the de-sanctioned Iranian economy, combined with continued lack of access to the nuclear sites of SPND, Iran will undoubtedly deliver a nuclear weapon.
    To its credit, the US. has taken steps toward addressing the underlying problem of the IRGC’s expanding control over Iranian affairs. Soon after taking office, Mr. Trump urged the administration to review designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization. With the new Iran sanctions bill now signed into law, the administration should expand all anti-terror sanctions to the whole of the IRGC, including its affiliate entities and associated financial and economic arms.
    This is a meaningful start to a new Iran policy that is comprehensive in its aims and in its enforcement. Toward that end, the US should work with the UN and EU to evict the IRCG from the combat zones in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen. This will help protect the West and its allies, as well as empower the Iranian people, who are seeking regime change and are more than capable of bringing it about on their own.
    Without serious sacrifice, Western powers must do their part. The Iranian regime must be more isolated and financially handicapped by the United States. It must also be subject to pressure not just over its nuclear program but also over a range of current and past crimes, including illicit missile testing, escalating regional and sectarian conflicts in the Middle East, and the 1988 massacre of political prisoners. The United States should subject all major human rights violators of the Iranian regime, including dozens involved in the horrific 1988 massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. Many of the perpetrators of this crime currently hold key positions in the Iranian regime.
    These pressures will make a profound difference in the future of Iran, if coupled with reaching out to the people of Iran and their organized opposition. They will succeed in diminishing the power and influence of the IRGC; bolster the Iranian people and the prospect of the emergence of a truly democratic Iranian government.
    Alireza Jafarzadeh, the deputy director of the Washington office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, is credited with exposing Iranian nuclear sites in Natanz and Arak in 2002, triggering International Atomic Energy Agency inspections. He is the author of “The Iran Threat” (Palgrave MacMillan: 2008). His email is Jafarzadeh@ncrius.org , and is on twitter @A_Jafarzadeh.
    Originally published in the   foxnews
     
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