MEK Iran: Mullah Regime Trapped
According to the Iranian opposition, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) for over 40 years, the Iranian regime has used domestic repression and international terrorism and warmongering to keep its grip on power.
The international actions against the mullah regime
The international actions are now a serious issue of concern for many Western countries, so the regime most definitely knows that this will likely hinder any new negotiations.
Yet still, Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei insisted on January 8 that the regime should continue with its missile programs and regional military aggression, claiming that these defend the regime’s allies and again making clear that Iran does not intend to stop either.
German Foreign Minister Haiku Moss, on behalf of the European Union, said that any new talks about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) must include new restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program, an end to the testing of its ballistic missile, and “limitation of Iran’s regional power”.
Iran’s foreign adventurism is being clearly challenged by the world at large, whilst its domestic repression is being targeted by the Iranian people.
MEK Resistance Units inside Iran
Over the past few months, despite increased surveillance by Iranian security forces and the coronavirus, young activists associated with the MEK Resistance Units have attacked regime centers of repressions and burned images of regime leaders, showcasing their desire for regime overthrow.
The levels of resistance appear to be increasing and it seems as if it may step up to be a full-blown uprising in 2021. After all, the state-run media has been repeatedly warning about the people’s increased anger over poverty, unemployment, and coronavirus, as they report that 70% of the country live below the poverty line.
Khamenei and the regime are at their weakest point. They cannot enter negotiations with the West or they risk looking weak, but without negotiating, they are stuck under sanctions.
Instead, Khamenei decided to limit the power of his supposed political rivals. Ahead of elections last year, he purged virtually all “reformist” candidates and now he’s put in place new conditions for presidential candidates that favor his allies, including parliamentary speaker Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf.
He appears to believe that once he has closed ranks, he’ll have the power to negotiate from a stronger footing, but simultaneously he is trying to increase his nuclear leverage to avoid making concessions elsewhere, such as regional aggression of missile testing, which would decrease morale in the security forces.
Calls for regime change
But he is stuck in a vulnerable position. Calls for regime change are only getting louder and the regime doesn’t have the leverage to get the West to lift sanctions that would provide them with enough money to fully crush the opposition.
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