MEK Iran: Mullahs Regime Votes in Favour of “Strategic Act to Lift Sanctions” After Murder of Top Nuclear Scientist
Following the assassination of Senior Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran on 27 November, all of the Islamic Consultative Assembly of 260 lawmakers, except nine, have voted in favour of suspending further measures of the 2015 UN nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Under the agreement of the nuclear deal, Iran had to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow independent international inspections. In return, the economic sanctions on Iran were lifted.
The so-called “Strategic Act to Lift Sanctions” seeks to escape the limitations of the nuclear deal and fully operate their dangerous nuclear program. This includes a directive to propel the Atomic Energy Organizations of Iran to enrich uranium up to 20 percent. The act also seeks to ban inspections of Iran’s nuclear sites by the International Atomic Energy Agency of the United Nations.
The official delegation of the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Khamenei, in the aftermath of the assassination of Fakhrizadeh, has been to “investigate this crime and firmly prosecute its perpetrators and its commanders” and “to continue the martyrs scientific and technological efforts in all the sectors where he was active.”
While many Iranian politicians and military officials seek revenge in the name of Fakhrizadeh in the violent tradition of the regime, Khamenei is also using the death of Fakhrizadeh to push support for Iran’s nuclear program.
MEK spokesperson Shahin Gobadi accused Iranian officials, specifically Ali Shamkhani, of espousing "rage, rancor, and lies against #MEK" tying this to the trial of an Iranian diplomat in an alleged 2018 bomb plot against MEK officials in Villepinte, France.#WeStand4FreeIran #Iran pic.twitter.com/9t1qsxCayh
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) December 2, 2020
Abolfazl Amoui, the legislative National Security and Foreign Policy Commission spokesperson, stated that the goal is: “to unlock the country’s nuclear industry.” In turn, following through the ambitions of Fakhrizadeh, but also hastening the drive to create nuclear weapons.
The regime is focused on developing its nuclear program to gain more power both as a suppressive order within Iran and to assert control internationally.
UN spokesperson for the Iranian mission Alireza Miryousefi, told Newsweek: “Iran makes decisions on its nuclear program based on national interests. As you know, the steps taken since the U.S. withdrew from the JCPOA are incremental and will be in effect as long as other parties are in violation of the accord and/or are not fulfilling their obligations.”
Miryousefi further warned that while not officially stated by Supreme Leader Khamenei, revenge for the death of Fakhrizadeh is still a top priority for the regime: “Retaliation for Dr. Fakhrizadeh’s assassination will come in due course against the perpetrators of the terrorist action and at a time and place of our choosing.”
.@dcexaminer: Alireza Jafarzadeh, [dep dir of the NCRI-US]… told the Washington Examiner after the event that his organization has already shared the data about the alleged new site with U.S. officials and with the IAEA.@A_Jafarzadeh #Iran #Nuclearhttps://t.co/UjUCH9F1tc
— NCRI-U.S. Rep Office (@NCRIUS) October 16, 2020
The regime continues to deny that its nuclear program involves the development of weapons, such as a bomb. However, the deceitful nature of the regime’s covert nuclear operations has caused the international community to be skeptical of these claims. In the US, Democrats, such as the elected President Joe Biden, is set to return the US to the nuclear deal, after Trump withdrew the country from the JCPOA in 2018. Some view this as the strongest tool to prevent Tehran from building a nuclear weapon.
The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), reported many times that the mullahs will continue to push for nuclear weapons in Iran, despite the JCPOA, as demonstrated by the Strategic Act to Lift Sanctions. Tougher sanctions need to be put in place against the regime to ensure that they cannot break the terms of any agreement in place to prohibit them from building nuclear weapons. The international community must join efforts in a firm stance to ensure that the regime does not obtain this power and to ensure the safety of the Iranian people.