MEK Iran: Will Regime’s “Final Game Plan” Work?
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), reported that the future of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as it is formally known, has been on shaky ground for quite some time. On Tuesday 6th April, a virtual meeting was held to talk about the agreement.
Final Game Plan
During this meeting, the government of Iran presented its “Final Game Plan” to the other signatories.
A month previous, in an interview with the Financial Times, the secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council Mohsen Rezaei said that Iran would be willing to enter into talks if the West indicated that sanctions would be lifted. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei had already said that this would not be the case, so the foreign ministry quickly commented on the interview.
Foreign minister Mohamad Javad Zarif posted a message on Twitter saying that officials are free to express their own opinions but that these “opinions should NOT be confused with state policy”. He added that he will personally present Iran’s plan of action through “proper diplomatic channels”.
The problem is, the Iranian foreign minister will not announce this plan of action in public. However, it turns out that during some negotiations last Friday, the so-called “Final Game Plan” is basically the immediate lifting of sanctions. This was allegedly presented to the other signatories of the JCPOA during a meeting in Germany last week.
The plan is based on the US lifting all sanctions
The plan is based on the United States lifting all sanctions. It has been said that the other participants of the deal have accepted this if Iran returns to compliance, but the United States is keen to reject the plan and would rather take the Step-by-Step policy.
The United States is focusing on the regime’s terrorist activities and its violations of human rights, using these as the basis for keeping sanctions in place. Nevertheless, spokesperson for the US State Department Ned Price said that the talks have been “business-like” and “constructive” but that one should “not allow expectations to outpace where we are”.
This is very encouraging news because it shows that at least one of the influencing parties is not going to fall for the regime’s trickery and tactics. The regime is desperate to have sanctions lifted and this is not so that it can tackle human rights issues and put an end to its belligerent and terrorist activities.
The regime’s belligerence and violations of human rights
Even though many officials in President Joe Biden’s administration openly reject many of the policies initiated by former President Donald Trump, there are still many officials that agree that sanctions on Iran should continue. It has become clear that the regime’s belligerence and violations of human rights are so significant that they cannot simply be ignored and that they will not simply disappear if appeasement policies are put in place.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said at the beginning of the month that it will not be easy to get to the endpoint of talks with Iran but that the challenge is not “insurmountable”. He also warned that “Maximalist demands are probably not going to get us very far”.