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Maryam Rajavi to the World Leaders: Stop the Policy of Giving Concessions to Iran’s Religious Dictatorship

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi delivered a video address to the huge crowd of the supporters of the MEK in Berlin rally, calling on the need for a firm policy towards the Iranian regime.

“In this grand demonstration, the message to the world and the message to Europe, in particular, is this: stop the policy of giving concessions to the religious dictatorship. The policy of protecting the mullahs against being overthrown does not solve any of the problems of this regime.”

Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that thirty years of dialogue with the mullahs has led the regime to this terminal phase. She asked if the recent acts of belligerence were not enough to change the policy toward the regime.

Mrs. Rajavi discussed the foiled 2018 bombing of the Free Iran rally outside of Paris. German police arrested a regime diplomat for masterminding the attack and personally delivering the explosives which were to be used in the bombing. Before and after this, dozens of mercenaries of the MOIS were arrested and tried by the German judiciary for terrorist acts. “The question is why such significant incidents do not bring any change in Germany’s policy toward the Iranian regime.”


Mrs. Rajavi reiterated that the Iranian people do not want Western military intervention to overthrow the mullahs. “It is the job of the Army of Freedom and no one else,” she said.

“But what we must urge is that no one else keep the mullahs in power,” she added. Mrs. Rajavi enumerated some of the ways that the policy of appeasement has helped the mullahs maintain their power. The regime has avoided facing accountability for its actions, its embassies remain open, and its agents act without consequences.


Mrs. Rajavi called on Angela Merkel to stand up for human rights by forming a delegation to visit Iranian prisons and to insist that human rights declarations be enforced.


Mrs. Rajavi called on the international community to recognize the Iranian people’s right to overthrow the religious regime and to specifically recognize the NCRI as the democratic alternative to the clerical dictatorship.

Mrs. Rajavi further called on the United Nations to take action on behalf of the Iranian people. “The dossier of the abuses of prisoners in the 1988 massacre of Iran must be forwarded to the United Nations Security Council,” she said.

“The United Nations Security Council must declare that the Iranian regime poses a global threat to peace and security,” she added.


Mrs. Rajavi concluded, “Yes, with the nation determined to overthrow the mullahs’ regime, your passion, and love of freedom, and with the resolve of Resistance Units in the battle waged by the Army of Freedom, Iran will be free! Iran will be free!”

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Upcoming MEK Rally in Berlin Gains Media Attention

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Iranians, supporters of MEK will rally in Berlin for a free Iran and in solidarity with the people’s uprisings -July 2019

Thousands of MEK supporters will gather in Berlin this weekend for the next Free Iran rally. The National Council is Resistance of Iran (NCRI) announced the event earlier this year, and the rally has received attention from media outlets.

The Kuwaiti daily al-Siyassah mentioned the previous Free Iran rallies before writing about the upcoming Berlin event: “Following a June 15 rally in Brussels and a massive June 21 demonstration in Washington, supporters of the Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) will hold a large gathering in Berlin on July 6.” the article said.

The article went on to explain the goal of the Berlin rally. “More than 12,000 members of the Iranian community in Germany are predicted to be taking part in this demonstration. The participants will be voicing their support for the Iranian people’s widespread movement that is calling for an end to the ruling dictatorship and the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime. They are seeking to establish democracy, human rights, ending executions and the regime’s warmongering. Iranian communities in Germany will be calling on the international community to take action to stop the mullahs’ regime from obtaining nuclear weapons, Tehran’s terrorism drive and sectarian wars in Middle East countries. The participating Iranians in the Berlin rally will call on the European Union to bring an end to their appeasement policy and take a firm position against the mullahs’ regime.”

Message from Massoud Rajavi

In an April 8th message, NCRI founder Massoud Rajavi called on supporters of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance around the world to demonstrate for freedom at this year’s annual Free Iran rallies. He wrote: “I am calling on our compatriots, those yearning for freedom in Iran, the supporters of Ashraf in various countries across the globe: If you agree, I am asking you to turn this year’s annual rally into demonstrations in the streets of cities wherever possible. This will be parallel to our people’s protests inside Iran.”

2019 Free Iran Rallies

The Free Iran rally in Berlin is part of a series of events being held this summer by the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in world capitals in the United States and Europe. Rallies have already taken place in Brussels and Washington, D.C., and upcoming events are scheduled in Berlin, Stockholm, and London. An international conference took place at the MEK headquarters in Albania last weekend. Each rally has been attended by thousands of members of the Iranian Resistance and the MEK and has featured speeches by prominent politicians, dignitaries, and human rights activists from around the world.

The participants at the Berlin Free Iran rally hope to build on the success of the earlier events and to echo the calls for a free and democratic Iran. The Iranian Resistance is asking the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to rise up against their oppressors and to specifically recognize the NCRI as the democratic alternative to the theocratic regime in Iran.

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Highlights from MEK’s International Conference in Albania

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Maryam Rajavi, addresses the large crowd of MEK members living at Ashraf-3, Albania

European and Australian lawmakers and human rights activists joined the MEK in Albania on Saturday for an international conference at Ashraf-3, the MEK’s headquarters. Conference attendees declared their solidarity for the Iranian people’s uprising and their support for the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the democratic alternative to the theocratic regime currently in power. Speakers at the conference urged their governments to end the policy of appeasement toward the regime, saying that it would only embolden the mullahs and lead to war.

The following are some highlights from the evening’s  speeches:

Australian Senator Meredith Burgmann

Senator Burgmann described the MEK members in Albania as “proud, confident, and strong,” and praised the residents of Ashraf-3 for the construction of their new headquarters. “What you have done in just 12 months in Ashraf-3 is extraordinary.”

Referring to Maryam Rajavi, she said, “The NCRI is a movement in which women are treated as equals. It is headed by a woman and is committed to democracy.”

French Bishop Jacques Gaillot

Bishop Gaillot described his warm feelings toward the residents of Ashraf-3. “When I’m in this city of the Resistance, I feel like I’m among family. You are living for others, for the future of your people. This is extraordinary,” he said.

Cornelia Mitterrand, France Libertés

Ms. Mitterrand addressed the MEK, saying, “Your struggle for a free Iran has many supporters around the world. We hope you’ll soon be victorious in the fight for freedom and democracy in Iran.”

She also vowed to continue to fight to hold the regime accountable for the mass executions of political prisoners in the summer of 1988. “We will not tire in calling on the International Criminal Court to hold Iran’s regime accountable for the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners,” she said.

Eric Sottas, former head of World Organisation Against Torture

Mr. Sottas also discussed the 1988 Massacre. “The rule of law can only be established if justice is served. The perpetrators of Iran’s 1988 Massacre must face justice. We urge the UN to set up a tribunal for this war crime.”

Paulo Casaca, Director, South Asian Democratic Forum

Mr. Casaca spoke of the need to end the mullahs’ regime to achieve peace in the region. “We’ll only achieve peace when there’s a democratic government in Iran, when people view Iran not as a threat but as the great nation that it is. Iran is represented by Sattar Khan, Mohammad Mossadeq & Massoud Rajavi, not by the mullahs,” he said.

Christiane Perregaux, Swiss Human Rights Activist

Ms. Perregaux stated that the MEK has always led the fight against the regime, despite the mullahs’ demonization campaign against them. She called for an end to the policy of appeasement to the regime that has let Iran act without consequences.


Malcolm Fowler, The Law Society

Mr. Fowler referred to the regime’s foiled terrorist attack on the 2018 Free Iran rally outside of Paris, saying, “The brutality meted out by Iran’s regime & its attempts to bomb and sabotage the Free Iran gathering in 2018 have come to nothing. The regime’s time is up.”

Former MEP Anne Ferreira

Ms. Ferreira spoke about the regime’s demonization campaign against the MEK, noting that the mullahs sow misinformation because they fear the MEK’s Resistance Units who organize anti-regime protests by teachers, truckers, and people from all sectors of society.

Phil Glendenning, Director, Edmund Rice Centre

Mr. Glendenning advocated Mrs. Rajavi’s 10-point Plan for Iran’s democratic future. “Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan for a Free Iran is a peace offering and the way forward, not just for Iran, but for all of us. I am here to say I stand with Maryam Rajavi, the most courageous woman on earth.”




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Maryam Rajavi, addressing Washington D.C. rally-June 21, 2019

Maryam Rajavi’s Position On Blacklisting of Khamenei’s Office And Its Extensive Financial And Commercial Empire

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Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition during a video message to the MEK supporters’ rally in Washington D.C. – June 21, 2019

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), the main opposition to the religious dictatorship ruling Iran, took a position on the recent blacklisting of the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei and all related apparatus within the regime. Rajavi in a message published at her official website said:

” Now that after a long delay, this evil force has been placed on the terrorist list, it is imperative that necessary measures associated with this designation be implemented comprehensively and immediately, while complemented with other imperative actions.”

The People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) and the president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi, have maintained their calls for the blacklisting of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS).

Back in April, US President Donald Trump decided to place the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on its international terror blacklist, for IRGC’s involvement in terror and repression in Iran and outside. The listing of the IRGC, as one of the regime’s major organs of repression, as a foreign terror organization (FTO) had been a priority for the MEK. IRGC carries out routine human rights violations within Iran and across the Middle East.

It has been involved in the arbitrary detention of dissidents and protestors. It has tortured MEK members and their allies whilst they have been in regime custody. It has also been involved in foreign civil wars across the Middle East, with troops and proxies fighting in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Afghanistan.

The Beginning, Not the End

When the US government announced the listing, the MEK welcomed the move. It had been calling for the FTO listing of the IRGC for decades.

But they also made clear that the IRGC terror listing must be the beginning, not the end of a correct policy towards Iran.

“Now that after a long delay, this evil force has been placed on the terrorist list, it is imperative that necessary measures associated with this designation be implemented comprehensively and immediately,” a statement from Maryam Rajavi read.

For the MEK, the US must go further and include the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) in its terror list to make headway in limiting Iranian terrorism and violence across the globe.

“The MOIS has been operating hand-in-hand with the IRGC in many of the suppressive operations inside Iran as well as conducting terrorist actions abroad,” Ms. Rajavi’s statement read. In 2018, the department was responsible for organizing terror attacks and assassinations in the US, the Netherlands, France, Albania, Belgium, and Denmark.

“At the same time, Khamenei’s office, which acts as the main command center for the IRGC and funds the IRGC through its extensive financial and commercial empire, must also be included on the terrorist list,” the statement continued.

The Social Impact

Part of the public anger directed at the regime and its IRGC and MOIS stems from the regime’s inclination to place aggression abroad ahead of national development. The regime has plundered the country’s national wealth and oil revenues and funneled the proceeds abroad to fund terrorism and conflict.

By contrast, it has spent nothing on social development and rebuilding efforts from recent natural disasters. “If one percent of the annual revenue resulting from petrochemical exports conducted by the Khamenei faction was allocated to rebuilding efforts, Pol-e Dokhtar would not be drowned in the mud today,” Ms. Rajavi’s statement said.

“If a small portion of the IRGC’s expenses was instead spent on construction efforts in Khuzestan, today the residents of Khuzestan and our Arab compatriots would not be suffering and afflicted by such tragedies.”

The world has the responsibility to support the Iranian people in their pursuit of freedom and democracy. But ultimately, it will have to be the Iranian people themselves who throw off the shackles of the regime and bring this misery to an end.

Ms. Rajavi concluded: “The heroes and heroines of the Ashraf Light epic, and all the martyrs of the people, have made the ultimate sacrifice for the realization of this goal. Their blood and suffering will undoubtedly bear fruit.”


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Maryam Rajavi Speaks at International Conference at MEK Headquarters in Albania

International Conference in Ashraf 3 titled, “Mullahs’ regime source of war and instability in the region-Iranian resistance messenger of peace and freedom”-June 29, 2019

The MEK hosted an international conference on Saturday at their headquarters in Albania, Ashraf 3. The conference was entitled “Mullahs’ regime, source of war and instability in the region; Iranian Resistance, messenger of peace and freedom” and included speeches by European and Australian parliamentarians, politicians, lawyers, and religious figures.

An international delegation visited Ashraf 3, the MEK headquarters in Albania, in conjunction with the conference.

Speakers at the conference expressed solidarity with the Iranian people and their desire to end the mullahs’ rule, and they stated their support for the MEK and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) as the viable democratic alternative to the theocratic regime currently in power. They also condemned the regime for its terrorist activities and destabilization of the Middle East, as well as its gross human rights violations against the Iranian people, and called for a firm policy to hold the regime accountable for its actions.

Maryam Rajavi’s Speech

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi gave the keynote address at the conference. Her speech was a fiery condemnation of the regime and the policy of appeasement, coupled with an appeal to the international community to take a firm stance against the Iranian regime.

She thanked the international dignitaries in attendance, noting that their presence at Ashraf 3 “sends a message of solidarity to the people of Iran who are fed up with the ruling theocracy, and are poised to topple it.”

Aggressive Actions

Mrs. Rajavi described Iran’s aggressive actions over the past few weeks, which have included attacks on four commercial ships, the destruction of two major oil pipelines in Saudi Arabia, a rocket attack intended for the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, missile attacks on airports in Saudi Arabia, and an attack on a Japanese tanker during a diplomatic visit by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The latest act of aggression came when the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) shot down a U.S. drone over international airspace.

She noted the hypocrisy of those who have accused the Iranian Resistance of trying to push the U.S. into waging war with Iran in the past. “For their part, an assortment of regime apologists, lobbyists, operatives and agents, who for years had accused the Iranian Resistance and their freedom-loving and humanitarian supporters of being warmongers, claimed that those advocating for human rights and freedom in Iran seek to lure the U.S. to wage war. What a disgraceful lie!” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi asked, “Now, have these attacks made it clear to proponents of appeasement that the Iranian regime is the very source of conflict in the Middle East? Or this time, do they want to give the mullahs a peace prize?”

The president-elect of the Iranian opposition, addressing the International conference at MEK’s compound, Ashraf 3 in Albania- June 2019

“Freedom, democracy and human rights are the Iranian people’s inalienable rights,” Mrs. Rajavi emphasized. “The main question is: Are the Iranian people not entitled to freedom, democracy, and human rights?”

Mrs. Rajavi questioned why European governments have remained silent about the fate of Iranian political prisoners who were arrested for their participation in the December 2017 uprisings.

“During your visit to Tehran when you were taking selfies with regime officials, should you not have at least asked the regime’s president Rouhani to allow you to visit, albeit symbolically, the prisons?” she asked.

Mrs. Rajavi said that the Iranian regime’s attempts to suppress dissent have had the opposite effect. Iran is now a “powder keg” of protests, and the MEK Resistance Units have become a powerful force within the country.

“This explosive situation has compelled the mullahs to resort to crisis-manufacturing,” she said, reminding her audience that regime Supreme Leader Khamenei described the wars in Syria, Yemen, and Lebanon as “an important part of the regime’s security.”

“He and other regime leaders have repeatedly acknowledged that without waging wars abroad, they would have to confront the arisen people of Iran “in Kermanshah and Hamedan” or “in Sistan, Azerbaijan, Shiraz, and Isfahan,” Rajavi added.

Failure of the Iran Nuclear Deal

Mrs. Rajavi then turned her focus to the Iran nuclear deal. “Political and commercial partners of the mullahs’ rule on both sides of the Atlantic deliberately cover up the obvious reality that the regime’s warmongering intensified after the July 2015 nuclear accord,” she said.

“On the day of the signing of that agreement, I emphasized on behalf of the Iranian Resistance, that in order to avoid war in the region, the P5+1 ‘should … firmly insist on evicting the regime from the Middle East and prevent its interferences all over the region. This is a fundamental necessity that needs to be included in any agreement as a foundational principle.’”

Mrs. Rajavi stated that she had renewed her concerns in December of 2017, telling European Parliament that “if the ruling religious fascism is not dealt with decisively, it would inflict a deadly conflict on the region and the world.”

Rajavi then described the many times that the Iranian regime violated the deal since 2017, test-firing missiles, distributing weapons to terrorist proxies, and firing ballistic weapons at Saudi Arabia.

She also pointed out that by furthering the policy of appeasement, Europe was allowing the mullahs to continue their bloody wars in Syria and Yemen and their growing meddling in Iraq.

The International conference at MEK’s residents (Ashraf3) in Albania-June 2019

They are also complicit in the regime’s demonization campaign against the MEK, which included a series of attempted terrorist attacks on European soil in 2018.

Mrs. Rajavi went on to emphasize that the Iranian regime is not acting from a position of power but from “a hollow show of force.”

“In reality, the mullahs do not have a reliable military force, and they lack popular support and a sound economic system,” she said.

“At home, the mullahs derive their ‘power’ from executing, torturing and suppressing the defenseless population. Abroad, they act with impunity because no one has challenged their warmongering and terrorism.”

Mrs. Rajavi reiterated that “overthrowing this regime is the sole responsibility of the Iranian people, the great army of liberation, the Resistance and Units of Rebellion.”

The Policy of Appeasement

The overarching theme of Mrs. Rajavi’s speech was the danger of continuing the policy of appeasement, and she spent a portion of her address specifically reaffirming this message.

“The policy of appeasement has portrayed the mullahs’ empty rhetoric and warmongering as a reflection of their power,” she said.

“The policy of appeasement has given the mullahs free rein to engage in misinformation and demonization campaigns against the Mojahedin [MEK] and the Iranian Resistance, and to prevent the formation of a front against the mullahs’ religious fascism, with the Iranian Resistance at its core,” she continued.

“And finally, this is a policy that has deliberately turned a blind eye to the de facto war the regime has been waging against other countries in the region,” Mrs. Rajavi added.

Rajavi urged European leaders not to repeat the damage done to the Iranian people by making concessions to the mullahs again. She said anyone partnering with the regime to circumvent sanctions was complicit in preserving their dictatorship.

Calls to Action

Mrs. Rajavi closed her speech with several calls to action.

“Blacklisting the corrupt and vicious core of the regime, the Office of the Supreme Leader Khamenei, which took place after a three-decade delay, has been welcomed by the Iranian public. The blacklisting must be extended to the regime’s president, Hassan Rouhani,” she said.

“The UN Security Council must declare that the clerical regime in Iran is a threat to global peace and security,” she went on.

“The dossier of human rights abuses and massacre of political prisoners in Iran must be referred to the UN Security Council and international tribunals,” Mrs. Rajavi continued.

“We call on all countries to join the international front against the religious fascism,” she said.

“The International community, and specifically the European Union, must recognize that resistance is the Iranian people’s right to establish the sovereignty of the people of Iran,” she concluded.

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Regime Diplomat Terrorist Transported Explosives in Foiled 2018 Paris Bombing on Austrian Passenger Flight

Increase in terrorist activities of the Iranian regime

The Iranian regime terrorist activities in Europe involving many of its Embassy staffs. Assadollah Assadi, one of the high officials of the regime in its embassy in Austria, was arrested last year for masterminding a failed terror plot to bomb the huge Iran gathering with over 100,000 participants in Villepinte Paris.

The explosives used in the foiled bombing plot against the 2018 MEK gathering outside of Paris last year were transported on an Austrian passenger plane, according to a report published in the Arabic language Independent newspaper on Tuesday. The report uncovered new details about the planned terrorist attack on the 2018 Free Iran event in Villepinte, France, which was attended by more than 100,000 members of the Iranian Resistance and hundreds of prominent politicians, human rights activists, and dignitaries from around the world.

The planned attack was foiled when an Iranian couple was arrested in Belgium on the day of the rally carrying 500 grams of TATP explosives in their car. The couple was en route to the gathering with plans to set off the explosives inside the auditorium where the rally was taking place when they were apprehended by Belgian police, working in conjunction with French and German authorities.


According to the Independent newspaper, Assadollah Assadi, a Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agent and regime diplomat stationed in Austria since 2014, obtained the TATP explosives in Iran to use in the terrorist attack. Tehran planned the bombing long in advance, and Assadi was tasked with mapping out and supervising the operation by officials at the highest levels of the regime.

Transporting Explosives

The report described how Assadi transferred the highly explosive material from Tehran to Austria to deliver to the Iranian couple who were charged with detonating the bomb. Assadi left the regime’s embassy in Austria on June 20, 2018, and traveled to Tehran, where he took possession of the TATP explosives. He then placed the highly explosive material into a diplomatic suitcase and boarded the Austrian airline flight OS872 from Tehran to Vienna. There were 240 passengers on the Airbus A320 with Assadi’s bomb.


Assadi was arrested in Germany on the day of the rally and charged with masterminding the attack. Despite protests and threats from the regime, he was extradited to Belgium, where he is currently awaiting trial for attempted murder in connection with the foiled bombing. The Iranian couple also faces charges related to the attack, and one other accomplice who was arrested at the site of the rally has also been charged in connection with the plot against the MEK.


The foiled bombing of the Free Iran gathering was one of several attempted attacks on the MEK and Iranian dissidents in 2018. The regime attempted to bomb a Nowruz celebration at the MEK’s compound in Albania in March 2018, prompting sanctions from the Albanian government. In August 2018, the FBI arrested two MOIS agents in the U.S. for espionage activities against MEK members. The E.U. expelled several MOIS agents and regime diplomats because of terrorist activities and threats to European security last year.


The Iranian regime sees the MEK as an existential threat, and it will stop at nothing to eliminate its opposition. This places the MEK at risk, but it places the international community at risk as well. 240 passengers sat on an international flight with a terrorist with a bomb in 2018. That bomb then traveled in a car in cities full of people on its way to an auditorium packed with 100,000 civilians asking for freedom. The Iranian regime does not care who is in the path when it detonates its bombs.

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The US Announces the Latest Round of Iranian Sanctions

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Iranian regime foreign minister Javad Zarif (Right), meeting with the commander of the Qods Force Qassem Soleimani. Based on the Treasury department’s announcement, Zarif will also be included in the list of Iranian regime sanctioned officials this week.

On Monday, the US announced that it would impose fresh sanctions on the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader and other senior officials.

US President Donald Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he would be tightening the pressure on the Iranian regime. The new sanctions exclude Khamenei and commanders in the Iranian military from US financial institutions. They also restrict access to their assets in the US.

The president called the measures a “strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions.” He also reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring that the Iranian regime will never develop a nuclear weapon. While he also maintained that the US was not seeking a conflict with the regime, adding “we do not ask for conflict”.

Senior Regime Officials Affected

In addition to the Supreme Leader, regime Foreign Minister Javad Zarif will also be blocked from accessing assets in US financial institutions. Eight commanders from the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) were also included in the blacklist.

According to the Trump administration, the sanctions will see “billions” of dollars’ worth of assets frozen.

The Iranian opposition Position on New Sanctions

Trump’s announcement was met warmly by members of the Iranian opposition movement. The President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)Maryam Rajavi also reflected on the news on her Twitter account:

“Sanctioning Khamenei & his office, the epicenter of crime, corruption & terrorism in Iran, is spot-on and most imperative,” she said.

Alireza Jafarzedah, the deputy director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in the US, also welcomed the move. He reminded his followers that the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK) called for the sanction of senior regime officials, including the Supreme Leader himself, in its May 1st press conference in Washington D.C.

He went on to call the sanctions “a step in the right direction.”

The NCRI and MEK played an instrumental role in demonstrating the Javad Zarif connection to Iranian state-sponsored terror. In 2018, the group revealed a web of terror that had spread across Europe and the US. This elaborate terror network received orders to carry out bomb attacks and assassinations from senior figures in the regime, including Zarif, President Hassan Rouhani and the Supreme Leader.

Where Next?

In her post, Maryam Rajavi laid out her calls for the next step to oppose the regime’s terror mechanism and human rights abuses. She called on the US government to expand existing sanctions to include the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

The MOIS was behind a string of failed terror attacks in 2018, including the planned detonation of a car bomb in Paris and a bomb attack on the MEK’s compound in Albania.

The leader of Iran’s opposition had previously called for blacklisting of the MOIS in addition to other steps as solutions to prevent the expansion of the Iranian regime’s terrorism:

1. Recognizing the right of the Iranian people and the Resistance to overthrow the ruling religious fascism and to establish freedom.
2. Placing the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and other organs of suppression & export of terrorism and fundamentalism on State Department’s FTO list as well as on the EU’s terror watch list.
3. Expelling the agents of the MOIS and the terrorist IRGC and Quds Force from the United States and Europe.
4. Referring the dossier on the Iranian regime’s human rights violations and the massacre of political prisoners to the United Nations Security Council and the International Court of Justice.
5. Expelling the illegitimate clerical regime from the UN and recognizing the Iranian Resistance as the true representative of the Iranian people.
6. Evicting the Iranian regime and its forces from Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Lebanon and Afghanistan.

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MEK Supporters, U.S. Politicians, and Iranian Youth Call for Regime Change in Washington, D.C. Rally

Maryam Rajavi Delivers Keynote Address

Free Iran rally in Washington in the media

MEK supporters “March for Regime Change by Iranians” was widely reflected in the U.S. media and on a global level.

Thousands of supporters of the MEK and members of the Iranian-American communities gathered outside of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. last Friday for the second in a series of Free Iran rallies that are being held this summer.

Participants in the rallies are asking the international community to recognize the Iranian people’s right to overthrow the ruling regime and to hold the regime accountable for its terrorist activities and its human rights violations.

Numerous well-known current and former U.S. politicians from both sides of the aisle delivered speeches and sent messages of support in a bipartisan show of solidarity for the Iranian people and their fight for a free and democratic Iran.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), delivered a speech via satellite link. In her address, Mrs. Rajavi urged the U.S. to avoid the temptation to succumb to the policy of appeasement to the mullahs that allows the regime to act without consequences.

“When the mullahs pay no price for their conduct, they become more emboldened and go even further. Firing of rockets in Mosul and Basra and the missile attack on the U.S. drone are clear examples,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that the regime’s regional warmongering created instability in the Middle East and plundered the wealth of the Iranian people. “The people of Iran who have been inundated with floods, destitution, and various calamities are crying out, ‘Let go of Syria, think of us instead!’” she said.

“But the regime’s crimes in Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Afghanistan have so far brought them no serious consequences,” she added.

Mrs. Rajavi reiterated what she and many others have said countless times: “The experience of the past forty years has shown that the theocratic regime is incapable of any reform or change in behavior.”

“We do not want anything more than freedom and human rights, which will open the way for development and justice. This will ensure peace and security in Iran and the Middle East, an Iran free of religious fascism, a non-nuclear Iran, an Iran without terrorism and belligerence,” Mrs. Rajavi concluded.

The “March for regime change in Iran” was reflected in a wide number of U.S. media, including Fox News, Eric Shawn TV program. Fox News report said:

“Back home Iranians took to the streets of the nation’s capital, including right in front of the White House. They shouted free Iran, calling for tighter sanctions and democracy in their country. The protesters are followers of the largest Iranian opposition group, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). And that march is part of the series of global public demonstrations held against the regime. They started at Brussels last week , urging the European Union leaders urging them to follow steps of the U.S. in taking a tougher policy towards the regime such as designating the IRGC as a terrorist organization.”

Iranian Youth

A large number of Iranian youth also attended the rally and spoke in support of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance. Sadaf Mirza spoke on behalf of the Iranian youth who are unable to do so in Iran. She said: “We are the voices of the Iranian youth being silenced by the Iranian regime. We will not be silenced. The Iranian regime is the only country in the world that continues to execute children. We stand with the leader of the Iranian Resistance Massoud Rajavi, who has inspired my generation.”

Breitbart News interviewed one of the young  Iranians at the Free Iran rally to gain insight into the motivation behind young people’s involvement in the Resistance movement. Delaram Ahmady told Breitbart that her father was imprisoned by the Iranian regime for seven years because of his support for the MEK. After his release, he moved his family to the U.S. because of “constant harassment.”

Ahmady said that she feels lucky to have escaped from Iran, where several of her father’s cellmates were recently executed, and that she has a responsibility to “show solidarity with the people of Iran.”

“The chances of regime change, I think, are definitely growing as the years go on,” Ahmady said. “The youth are becoming more empowered, they’re becoming more organized.”

March to the White House

The rally was followed by a march from the State Department to the White House. Demonstrators chanted, “Down with terrorist regime in Iran!” and “Rajavi yes, mullahs no; they are terrorists, they must go!”

Protesters carried signs reading, “STOP Executions in Iran,” “Designate Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence as a Foreign Terrorist Organization,” and “Down with Terrorist Regime in Iran.”

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Trump signs a new Executive order sanctioning Khamenei and his affiliates

Trump Announces Latest Round of Sanctions Targeting Iran’s Supreme Leader and Senior Regime Officials


Trump signs a new Executive order sanctioning Khamenei and his affiliates

THe president of the U.S., issued a new executive order, sanctioning the Iranian regime’s supreme leader-June 24, 2019

In the latest round of sanctions, the Trump administration is targeting the Iranian regime’s Supreme Leader and other senior officials.

On Monday, June 24, US President Donald Trump announced fresh sanctions against the Iranian regime following the downing of a US drone last Thursday.

Addressing Iranian Aggression

President Trump told reporters that the sanctions were a response to Iranian regime aggression but would have happened anyway due to the regime’s increasing hostility in the region.

Last week, the US released a video that it claims show regime forces removing unexploded ordinance from the hull of a Japanese oil tanker in the Persian Gulf. The Trump administration believes the regime was behind two attacks on international tankers.

The sanctions will, he said, “deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support.”

He added: “We call on the regime to abandon its nuclear ambitions, change its destructive behavior, respect the rights of its people, and return in good faith to the negotiating table.”

The new sanctions are the latest moves from the Trump administration designed to limit the regime’s inflow of cash. In April, Trump and his cabinet announced the designation of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a foreign terror organization (FTO). The listing cut off international support for the repressive organ, limiting its ability to accept assistance, support, and counsel from international citizens or companies.

In May, Trump also reintroduced sanctions against the regime’s petrochemical industry. He ordered countries to stop importing Iranian oil in an attempt to bring the regime to the negotiating table.

Tough Diplomacy

Senior figures inside the Iranian regime criticized the move. The Iranian Foreign Secretary, Javad Zarif, who was one of the names the Trump administration announced would be subject to sanctions, denounced the decision over Twitter.

In a post, he accused Trump and his advisors of despising diplomacy and having a “thirst for war.” Under the new sanctions, Zarif and others will be excluded from the US financial system and their assets in the US.

The rest of the eight officials include senior figures in the Army, Navy, IRGC, and Iranian aerospace industry.

The White House also revealed that the sanctions could be extended to anybody who has business ties to the named officials. “Anybody who conducts significant transactions with these sanctioned individuals may be exposed to sanctions themselves,” it said in a statement.

Welcomed by the Opposition

The Iranian opposition welcomed the announcement. President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavicalled the decision “spot on” and “most impressive”. She urged the US government to consider adding the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) to its list of foreign terrorist groups as well.

The MOIS was behind a string of planned terror attacks on European soil in 2018, including a plan to detonate a car bomb at an opposition-organized event in Paris last summer.

Mohammad Mohaddessin, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also welcomed the announcement of the latest sanctions. He called the move an “imperative step.”

“Khamenei & his office are the primary center of execution, torture, suppression, the export of terrorism & warmongering,” he added. “It is the source of theft, embezzlement, corruption, poverty & unemployment,” and “holds the key to the nuclear weapons program.”

He echoed Ms. Rajavi’s calls for blacklisting the MOIS.

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Maryam Rajavi's Speech during June 15, Free Iran rally in Brussels

Maryam Rajavi Free Iran Rally Speech in Brussels

Maryam Rajavi's Speech during June 15, Free Iran rally in Brussels

Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the Iranian opposition, addressing thousands of MEK supporters in Brussels via video, during the Free Iran Rally-June 15, 2019

Thousands of members of the MEK and the Iranian Resistance gathered in Brussels on June 15, 2019, for the first in a series of Free Iran rallies. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi urged the European Union to impose comprehensive sanctions on the Iranian regime and reaffirmed the strong desire of the Iranian people for a free and democratic Iran in her keynote address at the rally.

The Overthrow of the Regime

Mrs. Rajavi spoke strongly about the rising anger in Iran toward the mullahs’ corrupt regime, noting the parallels between the current situation and the chaos leading up to the overthrow of the Shah.

“The decadent regime of the mullahs is surrounded by infuriated people fed up with the status quo, to the extent that just like the final days of the Shah’s regime, Majlis deputies openly express their alarm during the parliamentary sessions, one after the other warn against the regime’s calamitous destiny,” she said. “They openly challenge the regime’s president and dare him to eat like the rest of the people for just one month to see if he can tolerate such conditions.”


Mrs. Rajavi pointed out that regime President Hassan Rouhani and his ministers say that the current crisis is the worst the regime has faced in forty years of the mullahs’ rule. Rouhani blames Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei for the country’s problems, and Khamenei faults Rouhani, but Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that there is little difference between the two leaders.


“At the helm, the white turbaned mullah [Rouhani] blames the black turbaned mullah [Khamenei] for the faults, demanding more authority. But Khamenei’s response was that they should prepare to convene a solid Hezbollahi government,” Mrs. Rajavi explained.

“For the people of Iran, however, there is no difference between black turbans and white turbans. They want the overthrow of the entire regime and they cry out, ‘Our enemy is right here,” she added.

Mrs. Rajavi went on to state that the Iranian Resistance would happily welcome anyone who claimed to have an option that could “change the behavior of the mullahs’ religious fascist regime by offering economic and political incentives without budging on the human rights of the people of Iran and their right to sovereignty.”

Recognition of the Iranian Resistance

In her speech, Mrs. Rajavi said that polarization between pro- and anti-regime groups is increasing as the regime nears its final days. She stated that those who wish to preserve the regime or appease the mullahs express concern that any decisive measure will lead to war. Mrs. Rajavi answered these concerns with words from Massoud Rajavi.

“As Massoud Rajavi says, those concerned about the fate of the Iranian regime keep warning against the outbreak of war at any decisive juncture. ‘While the worst likely mistake for the U.S. and the international community to make with regard to the clerical regime is trying to avoid a war,’” Mrs. Rajavi quoted.

She continued: “He adds, “Four decades of experience show that the worst mistake is budging and hesitating to hit the head of the serpent with a rock. Without this, i.e. overthrowing this regime, Iran could not be freed. And this is a duty solely on the shoulders of the Iranian people and their Resistance. Therefore, it is imperative to recognize the right of the people of Iran to resist against and overthrow the mullahs’ regime.’”

Mrs. Rajavi stressed that the regime has attempted to preserve their rule by demonizing the MEK, whom they see as an existential threat.

“By demonizing the Mojahedin, the regime seeks to arrange the scene such that everyone concludes that the clerical regime is better and is what the Iranian people deserve,” she said. “So, they would be better off to give up resistance and continue their life in misery.”

A Call to Action

Mrs. Rajavi listed some of the regime’s terrorist activities in Europe in 2018, including attempted bombings in Albania and France, the arrests of regime mercenaries and regime diplomat Assadollah Assadi, and the expulsion of four regime diplomats from Europe. She pointed out that the Iranian Resistance has repeatedly warned that the Iranian regime’s embassies were used to carry out terrorist plots.

She then called on the European Union to take action in light of these terrorist plots and the regime’s past crimes against humanity.

“We demand that the regime’s terrorist diplomat arrested in Belgium be prosecuted as soon as possible. This is the right of Iranian refugees to learn the details of the mullahs’ terrorist plots in foreign countries. And this is requisite to any effort to prevent similar incidents in future,” Mrs. Rajavi said.


“We call on the European Union to impose comprehensive sanctions on the theocratic regime ruling Iran, and to designate the mullahs’ Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and their Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) as terrorist entities. The regime’s mercenaries must be tried, punished and expelled,” she added.

Mrs. Rajavi also demanded that the regime be held accountable for the 1988 Massacre of 30,000 political prisoners. “The regime’s leaders must face justice in an international tribunal and account for their crimes against the people of Iran and particularly the massacre of political prisoners in 1988,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi concluded her speech by emphasizing that as the regime becomes weaker, the resistance must grow stronger.

“The sensitivity of the present juncture and the increasing weakening of the clerical regime place the burden of responsibility on the shoulders of each and every one of us,” she said. “Beyond the shadow of a doubt, the ruling regime cannot withstand our nation’s resistance and uprisings and their great Army of Freedom.”

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