MEK: Iranian Regime’s Deadlock
In a late-night interview on state television, newly appointed President Ebrahim Raisi confirmed that Iran is “serious and committed” to returning to Vienna to continue “result-oriented” discussions aimed at restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. Later, an Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson underlined that the government has “no pre-conditions” for returning to the negotiating table.
Corruption and ineptitude
Raisi’s embarrassing retreat could be due to his realization that he has acquired a poisoned chalice as president. Corruption and ineptitude have brought the Iranian economy to its knees. Stagflation, huge unemployment, and falling household incomes are all present. Oil exports are at an all-time low.
Theocratic government has attempted to manipulate the foreign exchange rate, looted resources from the central bank, sold state-owned firms and factories, and plunder the stock market in a failed attempt to repair the damage. They’ve even started dealing in bitcoin. According to the Iranian Parliament’s Research Center, per capita income has dropped from 5,760 million tomans in 2005 to 4,740 million tomans today, pushing 35 percent of the country’s 80 million people into poverty. Expert economists from outside the country believe the genuine figure is closer to 70%.
The regime’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic
The regime’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 465,300 people according to the Iranian opposition group The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), and the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran), and is now in its sixth wave, has exacerbated the economic catastrophe.
The dictatorship claims that 44 percent of the population has been vaccinated, but even this statistic is believed to be inflated. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s refusal to accept vaccine imports from the West, as well as his unwillingness to pay for Chinese and Russian vaccines, resulted in a huge shortage.
The “Butcher of Tehran”
Raisi’s concern may have been heightened by the understanding that, unlike his predecessors, he is unable to freely go to the West. He was forced to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York via video due to his pariah status as the “Butcher of Tehran” and he has publicly admitted that he will not attend the COP26 Climate Change Summit in Glasgow next month after learning that he could face arrest by British police.
A 111-page evidence dossier signed by dual nationality British/Iranian survivors of the massacre of over 30,000 political prisoners in 1988 has been delivered to police in London and Scotland. They claim that as a top prosecutor, Raisi was a member of a death commission that imposed arbitrary death sentences on anyone who backed the democratic opposition, the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran).
Realizing that resuming negotiations
Realizing that resuming negotiations on the profoundly flawed JCPOA nuclear deal is his best option for removing sanctions and reviving the Iranian economy, Raisi has begun pleading with the US and European Union to return to Vienna. He told Enrique Mora, a senior EU ambassador who visited Tehran on October 14, “The Islamic Republic is serious in this. We must also see seriousness on the other side.”
Josep Borrell, the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs and security, must have known from the start that the JCPOA nuclear deal was a costly mistake. Inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency were barred from assessing any military-controlled locations inside Iran. The agreement was fatally defective because virtually all of the theocratic regime’s secret nuclear program was and is now being constructed in military sites. The mullahs have even boasted about how they violated the JCPOA’s fundamental conditions. In blatant violation of the 2015 deal, they claim to have enriched uranium to 60 percent fissile purity, a fraction short of weapons-grade.
Symptoms of alarm in Tehran
The Biden administration should seize the opportunity presented by the apparent symptoms of alarm in Tehran. It’s pointless to try to resuscitate the nuclear agreement.
Lifting sanctions and allowing the mullahs to continue backing Bashar al-Assad in Syria, Houthi rebels in Yemen, Shi’ite militias in Iraq, Hezbollah in Lebanon, and Hamas in Gaza will undoubtedly result in nothing being gained and everything is lost.
Let the JCPOA rot on the vine while supporting the Iranian people’s desire for regime change.
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