MEK Iran: US Call for More Pressure on Mullahs
According to a new study by Iran’s National Council of Resistance, the regime is employing civilian front companies to feed its unlawful military drone program (NCRI). The research, which was published in the book IRAN: IRGC’s Rising Drone Threat; A Desperate Regime’s Ploy to Project Power, Incite War, was presented at a conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday when lawmakers and experts discussed Iran’s regime’s threats.
Jafarzadeh: stated they are in the IRGC’s service
“For the first time, we’re exposing a number of Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) front companies that are running the regime’s drone program,” Alireza Jafarzadeh, Deputy Director of NCRI – US Representative Office, Washington, D.C., said. “These companies have civilian names, but they are in the IRGC’s service.” They provide parts and accessories for the UAV program. They are doing what the IRGC can’t do itself. They are helping the IRGC circumvent sanctions. It’s a smuggling ring.”
Jafarzadeh also warned that the regime will use continuing nuclear discussions in Vienna to deflect attention away from all of the concerns it poses to the region and the world.
“We have to deal with the regime’s firmness.” It should not be exempt from sanctions. “It is critical that all UN Security Council resolutions be reinstated,” he remarked.
Mullahs have violated the JCPOA’s important terms
Senator Joe Lieberman, who also spoke at the occasion, emphasized the importance of dealing with Iran’s authorities at the Vienna talks with a hard hand. The regime has taken a maximalist approach during these talks, demanding comprehensive sanctions relief, even penalties unrelated to its nuclear program. It has also agreed to loosen the restrictions on its nuclear activities.
“In our efforts in Vienna to re-enter the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), we’re on the wrong track in the United States.” They are well-intentioned, but they do not take into account the realities of Iran’s actions in Vienna and around the world. “They’re extremely dangerous,” Lieberman cautioned. “The Iranian regime has returned to the negotiating table to discuss the JCPOA, but with dirty hands. This is a regime that has flagrantly violated the JCPOA’s most important terms. Iran was held to certain obligations, which they disobeyed, notably the enrichment of uranium.”
Lieberman also pointed out that the regime’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, is a record criminal and mass murderer, which raises questions about the regime’s trustworthiness.
Human rights should be a major issue in meetings
“With Ebrahim Raisi’s presidency, Iran’s system has gotten more dictatorial in the last year. Instead of being in the White House, he should be in The Hague, according to Lieberman.
Acting Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency David Shedd (2014–2015) outlined three principles for dealing with the regime’s threats.
First, pressure must be kept on the regime. “Any belief that lifting the regime’s sanctions will result in a positive response is false,” he said.
Iran’s drones are evolving into high-capacity weapons
The second point is that the Iranian opposition must be supported. “The Biden Administration has an opportunity to support the international opposition,” Shedd added.
Finally, in any relationship with the regime, human rights should be a major issue of debate. “Use international forums, led by the United States, to keep human rights issues front and center,” he stated.
Jonathan Ruhe, JINSA’s Director of Foreign Policy, emphasized the regime’s drone program’s rising reach and menace.
“Iran’s drones are evolving into high-capacity weapons. Iran’s attack on the Saudi facility in Abqaiq served as a proof of concept for its drone capacity. This attack could have been far more serious. “We’ve seen drones become central to Iran’s projection of power in the region since that attack,” he said. “Today, Iran employs drones in 60 percent of its Middle East attacks.”
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