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Infighting between regime parliamentarians.

Chaos and Confusion among Regime Factions over Negotiations with U.S.

Infighting between regime parliamentarians.

The infighting between various members of the regime’s parliament, a daily scene during Majlis sessions.

The prospect of negotiations with the United States has generated controversy, infighting, and confusion among regime factions. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his faction refuse to consider talks with the U.S., while regime President Hassan Rouhani expressed willingness to meet with U.S. officials until two weeks ago when he did an abrupt and unexplained about-face.

Recent comments by members of different regime factions illustrate the chaos in Tehran.

Negotiation Equals Surrender

In recent comments, Ahmad Khatami, a high-ranking mullah from Khamenei’s faction, explained his faction’s reasoning for not negotiating with the U.S.:

“The important issue is combating and hating [the U.S.]. The reason is clear: The triangle of [U.S. President] Trump, [Secretary of State] Pompeo and [National Security Advisor] Bolton continuously talk these days about negotiating with the U.S. as if they intend to bring the state to the negotiating table with the [U.S.] as soon as possible. What the [U.S.] suggests today under the pretext of negotiations, is nothing more than surrender,” he said.

“There is only one voice coming from Iran and that voice says we will not negotiate about our missile power… Therefore we won’t negotiate!” Khatami added.

Negotiation Equals Ignoring Domestic Potential

Fuad Izadi, a political pundit aligned with Khamenei’s faction, argued that attempts by Rouhani’s faction to negotiate with the U.S. come at the expense of Iran’s domestic potential.

“Our problem is with our own domestic, West-aligned figures who look to the West,” he said. “This look to the inside and the domestic potentials are ignored. How many years has the country been waiting for the Americans to do this or that? To remove this or that sanction? Or Europe to do this or that, and we are still in the middle of it?” he added.

Negotiations with Japan Will Decrease Tensions

 

Abbas Araghchi, First Deputy to the regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, had a different point-of-view. He expressed optimism about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s planned visit to Tehran next week, saying, “Japan will probably be able to make the Americans understand the current circumstances.”

 

“We hope that Abe’s visit to Tehran will help decrease regional tensions,” Araghchi added.

Negotiations with other Countries Will Not Decrease Tensions

 

Fereydoun Majlesi, a retired Iranian diplomat close to Rouhani’s faction, expressed the opposite view, saying:

 

“It would be far from the truth if we thought that the diplomatic mediation campaigns launched by various countries would lead to a dramatic decrease in tensions. These tensions have reached a critical and sensitive point on both sides.. There is no doubt that in order to decrease tensions of such levels of confrontation, we need a complex, detailed and of course, long lasting process. Therefore, you can’t do serious work in the short-term to decrease tensions,” he explained.

 

“When Tehran and Washington are in an ideological and strategic tension against each other, and tensions have reached a point where Iran’s victory practically means America’s defeat, and America’s victory means Iran’s defeat, it appears that tensions have reached a point where mediation is not possible,” he added.

The MEK has stated repeatedly that the mullahs are incapable of reform. Their position on various issues, like essential freedoms, repression of dissents at home, meddling in the region and support for terrorism, development of WMD weapons are the same, and their infighting is to have more share of the power. The controversy within the regime proves this. The only way to change Iran is through regime change.

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MEK- Iran: Rouhani’s Answers Leave MPs Unsatisfied

Archive-Rouhani was called to the regime’s parliament to answer questions about the dire economic condition, the plunge of Rial, etc. As Iran protests grow across the country, the infighting among regime rivals expands

There have been signs that the Iranian regime has been dealing with instability within the leadership for some time. The Minister for Labour and the Economic Minister were both removed from their positions in recent weeks, and Rouhani appeared before MPs on August 28th to explain the country’s woeful economic situation.

Rouhani answered five questions on the economy. Four of the responses were unsatisfactory. Among the 82 MPs that witnessed the session, approximately 75% felt that his answers to questions on unemployment and inflation were not acceptable.

An Economy in Crisis

In the last six months, the rial has plummeted in value against the dollar. Its value is around half of that at the beginning of 2018. Poverty is creeping up, with many Iranians struggling for economic survival.

One-third of the population now live below the international poverty line based on regime sources, with one in ten living in conditions that amount to “absolute poverty” (the reality is a lot worse). Mohsen Hashemi, Chairman of Tehran’s Council, puts the blame squarely at the regime’s doorstep. He said the mullah’s “quick and careless formation of policies” has destroyed the economy.

A Web of Deceit

During the hearing with MPs, Rouhani spouted fabricated figures and statistics as he attempted to put a positive spin on his government’s five-year tenure. Rather than acknowledge his government’s failings, he instead blamed the economic crisis on the perceptions of the Iranian people.

“All of a sudden, people’s perception of Iran’s future changed, and this is a major problem”, he said. “Banking irregularities and the economic boom and the currency prices are all important issues, but they all pale in relation to the issue of public trust and hope”, he added.

Rouhani pinpointed the uprisings in December and January, as the moment that the current economic crisis began. “Suddenly the circumstances in the country changed”, he said.

President Rouhani also blamed his counterpart in the United States, Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the JCPOA on the 2017/2018 uprisings. He said that the “domestic turbulence and international threats frightened the people”.

Playing Down Reports of Factional Infighting

Finally, Rouhani attempted to dispel rumors of infighting within the regime leadership. Previously he had criticised the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of extensive smuggling, accusing the organization of smuggling billions of dollars across international borders. However, during questioning, Rouhani praised the IRGC for its role in preventing smuggling.

In refusing to give an accurate representation of his government’s role in creating the economic crisis and performing a U-turn on smuggling accusations within the IRGC, Rouhani demonstrated to the people of Iran that he has no interest in offering solutions to the country’s worsening economic situation. His answers demonstrate a leader burying his head in the sand to avoid the harsh realities of the situation, more concerned with smoothing over factionalism within his own government than improving the lives of the population.

The economic crisis ravaging the Iranian population looks set to worsen before it gets better. But one thing is certain: As seen in slogans of protesters in recent protests across Iran, shouting “Death to the Dictator” they well know that it is the entirety of the regime that is responsible for the corruption and mismanagement of the economy and that the only solution to the problem is regime change in Iran.

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