MEK: Will Iran-China Agreement Go Ahead if Sanctions are Still in Place?
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the Iranian regime has just signed a 25-year agreement with China. It is a controversial agreement that many across the country, and even Iranians abroad, have expressed their disapproval of. Even regime officials have voiced their concerns about the agreement and the consequences of it.
The people are so outraged
The people are so outraged that the regime has made such an agreement that goes against the national interests of the country that they have taken to the streets in protest despite the massive crackdown by the government.
In an interview with the state-run Arman publication, Mohsen Jalilvand, a government expert, emphasized that the Iranian regime is in an extremely weak position. He gave the example that Iran already sells oil to China with a discount of 30 percent as a way of getting around the sanctions that are in place. The Iranian regime has no choice but to give concessions to China.
He also indicated that the Iranian regime should not fully trust China (or Russia for that matter). Jalilvand said that both China and Russia have voted against Iran on several occasions in the past when it comes to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), therefore the regime should be wary of their intentions and realize that opportunities are being shortened as a result of Iran’s desperate situation.
Government officials in Iran are extremely concerned
Government officials in Iran are extremely concerned about the finer details of this 25-year agreement being made public. A spokesperson for the government said just over a week ago that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had made an outline of the agreement available for all to see, but added that the other parties must be in agreement for the full text to be published. It is unlikely that the regime will willingly let the people know what exactly was agreed upon.
The Arman publication said that everything basically hinges on the sanctions in place against Iran. It said that if the sanctions are lifted or eased, and if relations between Iran and the United States improve, there is a possibility that China would allow the full publication of the agreement. As this is not currently the case, China is choosing to prioritize its relations with other countries.
It wrote that China “cannot act in the shadow of sanctions” and indicated that the provisions of the agreement will not be able to be implemented until sanctions are lifted.
China’s obligations are towards the United States
The Arman publication also quoted Fereydoun Majlesi, a retired diplomat, who said that China’s obligations are towards the United States and not towards Iran. Majlesi said that the trade volume between the United States and China far exceeds that of China’s trade with Iran.
A former adviser of President Rouhani also emphasized that the world economy relies on China and the United States and any destruction in this relationship would have a major impact on the world economy.
The Iranian regime really is at the mercy of China because it has no negotiating power and it in no way matches up to the significance that the US holds to China.