MEK Iran: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s Address to Iranians at Ashraf 3
On Monday, May 16, Mike Pompeo, the 70th United States Secretary of State, visited Ashraf 3, which is home to thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) in Manz, Albania. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). Pompeo discussed the current state of affairs in Iran and its prospects with residents of Ashraf 3. The following are excerpts from his speech:
“It is a rare opportunity indeed to be able to speak before so many patriots who have given so much for the nation that they love. I know and saw at the museum over 1,000 former political prisoners of the theocratic regime are gathered here today… I want also like to recognize President-elect Maryam Rajavi. It is under her leadership, that the National Council of Resistance of Iran is laying the groundwork for a free, sovereign, and democratic republic in Iran. Bless you, madam.
“The regime reaps a harvest of suffering and death in the Middle East at the expense of its own citizens. Iran’s economy today is stagnant. It’s without direction, it loots, and I think it’s about to get worse. The regime, of course, is headed by the ayatollah, Raisi, and the IRGC. And for a moment let me just say it would be abhorrent to not reflect the IRGC as the terrorist organization that it is and remains. I pray that our government will not make such a mistake in the decision.
“We have isolated Iran in a way that it had never been isolated before. First, our program made clear the most important fact: that the Iranian people must be supported in every way possible – acknowledged as being held in contempt by the counter-revolutionary regime, and provided every tool possible to even the relative power between the people and the regime.
“Second, leveling the power differential between the people and the regime relied on eliminating the power of the regime to the maximum extent possible. We used every tool. The most obvious was economic. We worked also to reduce the external capabilities of the Iranian regime everywhere and on all fronts. We went after proxy forces. We went after them through information warfare, and their efforts to use their nuclear program to coerce and extort people all across the world.
“We placed thousands of sanctions upon the regime. We built out teams, and coalitions, of which the Abraham Accords are a central part, that made clear that making peace with Israel is good for the people of the Middle East broadly just as it would be good for the people of Iran.
“You could see it in the value of the rial. You could see it in the reduction of the number of foreign exchange reserves. With no ability to sell more than a few hundred thousand barrels of oil per day, no money, no foreign exchange reserves. Facilities blowing up all over – not only inside of Iran but also at sea and abroad.
“The final prong of our effort was about the people. It was about you, about the people inside Iran. As much as our economic pain, as much as our military efforts put pressure on the Iranians, the thing that troubled them the most, the thing that worried them the most was our effort to support the Iranian people.
“The regime is indeed weak, at its lowest point in 40 years. Iranians from every corner of the nation can see the failure of the regime to deliver on simple promises that it made. You see it even as we are here today, in May 2022.
“As for President Raisi, he is not the President of the people of Iran. He is the President simply appointed by the Ayatollah. His mission is clear. Inflict pain. Frighten, continue to loot, and plunder. But you should know Raisi has already failed. He has failed to crush uprisings in Iran or break the noble spirit of dissent within the Iranian people.
“The world has learned much about this theocracy in the past few years. And it’s not that we didn’t know it before, but we were frankly a little afraid to address it squarely. In Washington, D.C. there is much consensus as evidenced by the overwhelming support for the sanctions regime that we put into place. And indeed, you can see it around the world now, too. You can see that even in Europe the tide of tolerance of the regime is diminishing. I can feel it turning.”