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Maryam Rajavi to Free Iran Rally at Ashraf 3: “We Will Take Back Iran!”

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The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held its annual Free Iran Rally at Ashraf 3, the MEK’s headquarters in Albania, for the first time this year.

Ashraf 3 was constructed in just one year and built from the ground up as a home for the displaced members of the MEK who suffered repeated attacks at their previous homes at Camps Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq. The choice to host the Free Iran Rally at Ashraf 3 this year is significant.

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi delivered the keynote address to the tens of thousands of MEK members and international dignitaries gathered for the rally.

“Twenty months ago, this was an empty piece of land with nothing on it. At the hands of the Mojahedin, through their enormous efforts and hard work, Ashraf 3 was built and now stands tall. But our final destination is Tehran, freed from the occupation of the mullahs.”

The Goal of an Uprising

Mrs Rajavi quoted Massoud Rajavi’s words on the importance of regime change coming from within Iran: “For a nation to appreciate her own freedom, she must ultimately free herself on her own. “Everyone can only free himself on his own from the yoke of coercion and oppression, and it is precisely for this reason that we are responsible to advance the goal of a general uprising for the freedom of our people and our country,” she quoted.

Fueling Tensions

In reference to her opposition to the easing of sanctions against the Iranian regime in 2013, Mrs. Rajavi said, “The time has come for major powers to stop appeasing and giving concessions to the murderous religious tyranny, the Central Banker of terrorism, and the world’s record holder of executions, and to recognize the right of the people of Iran for resistance and freedom.”

Mrs. Rajavi listed the regime’s escalating terrorist activities and meddling in the Middle East since 2018. She specifically discussed the bombing plot against MEK members at Ashraf 3 last year. “Clearly, the regime is fueling tensions in a bid to push back against the international community. They foment turmoil and chaos to hide their fear of being overthrown. They want firmness to be replaced with a policy of appeasement, and they want to allay fears and anxiety of their Basij Forces and Revolutionary Guards and to preserve their internal balance and equilibrium,” she said. “However, the reality is that schism and instability are among the signs that the regime is in its final chapter. The clerical regime is not going to find a way out of its inevitable downfall.”

Mrs. Rajavi warned those who claim to hope to avoid war in the region that their sentiments are misguided. “Anyone who seeks freedom for Iran, anyone who wants to save Iran from destruction and chaos, anyone who wants global and regional peace and stability, must rise up to demand the overthrow of the mullahs’ regime,” she said.

The MEK Has Paid the Price

Mrs. Rajavi said that the policy of appeasement now carries heavy consequences. The MEK exposed the Iranian regime’s nuclear program, forced a cease fire in the Iran-Iraq War, called attention to the regime’s human rights situation, and repeatedly blew the whistle on the mullahs’ malign activities. If they had not done so, “today, the situation would have been radically different, and the mullahs, equipped with nuclear weapons, would have created and solidified the empire and Caliphate they had long intended to establish,” she said.

“But the MEK has paid the price to break the atmosphere of fear and intimidation created by the velayat-e faqih and their criminal Revolutionary Guard Corps throughout its history by exposing the regime’s evil nature and its illicit activities, including the disclosure of the mullahs’ nuclear program, and by standing against this regime even at the price of their lives,” she continued.

“[MEK] thus has left no future for the mullahs’ evil caliphate,” she added.

Rise of the MEK

Mrs. Rajavi praised the MEK’s Resistance Units: “This Resistance has been able to expand and organize its network inside Iran despite the pervasive repression. This is how Ashraf has been replicated in society and among the people of Iran,” she said.

Despite the regime’s claims that the MEK has no influence within the country, Iranian authorities have arrested large numbers of MEK members and have created new patrols to round up Resistance Units and to suppress Resistance activities. “But the enemy can neither succeed in breaking the morale of Resistance forces in prisons nor is it able to thwart the resistance movement and the units of rebellion in cities. Yes, every young man or woman yearning for freedom and justice is a potential or de facto rebel,” she said.

Maryam Rajavi restated her plan to establish a free and democratic Iran and said that the NCRI would succeed in this goal.

“We will take back Iran and we will build a new homeland,” she concluded.

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120 Years of Struggle by Iran's People for Freedom - MEK Opposition conference in Albania Ashraf-3

Day Two of Conference at Ashraf-3 Features Speeches from International Dignitaries

120 Years of Struggle by Iran's People for Freedom - MEK Opposition conference in Albania Ashraf-3

120 Years of Struggle by Iran’s People for Freedom – MEK Opposition conference in Albania Ashraf-3

The MEK hosted the second day of an international conference on Friday at Ashraf-3, the home of the Iranian Resistance’s headquarters in Albania. The conference, entitled “120 years of struggle of the Iranian people for freedom,” was attended by thousands of MEK members and prominent politicians and dignitaries from around the world.

The conference’s focus was to condemn the Iranian regime for its suppressive and inhuman actions at home and its terrorist activities abroad and to call on the international community to end the policy of appeasement that allowed the regime to act without consequences.

Speakers at the conference also emphasized that the international community must recognize the MEK and NCRI as the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime in order to bring peace and stability to the region.

The following are some of the highlights from the speeches at Friday’s event:

Maryam Rajavi

President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)

From Mrs. Rajavi’s keynote address:

“One of the missing links in previous movements of the Iranian people was a coherent organization and an organized struggle, coupled with a determined and battle-hardened force prepared to make any sacrifice necessary. As a result, the people’s previous struggles did not succeed despite all their sacrifices,” she said in reference to the failure of past uprisings.

Mrs. Rajavi also spoke about the many crimes perpetrated against the MEK by the mullahs’ regime.

“Despite all the crimes and massacres he committed, Khomeini failed to extinguish the flames of freedom. Over the past 40 years, 120,000 persons have given their lives for the cause of freedom. That includes the 30,000 people who were massacred in 1988 for insisting on their political identity as a member of the Mojahedin. Another half-a-million people were arrested and viciously tortured,” she said.

“The mullahs continued their crimes against Ashraf and Liberty by setting 22 deadlines in 10 years, through a medical blockade, through psychological torture using over 300 loudspeakers blaring into Ashraf for two years, and through 29 ground and aerial attacks, using armored vehicles and missile launchers, including the commission of seven bloodbaths and massacres,” she continued.

Mrs. Rajavi concluded on a hopeful note, saying, “But today, we have reached a historic turning point. An Ashraf which has once again risen up, proud and powerful, shining bright at the zenith of this Resistance. This Ashraf has been replicated 1000 times in the form of resistance units all over Iran. And a volatile society which is no longer willing to put up with the mullahs, yearning to overthrow them.”

Suda

MEK member and resident at Ashraf-3

“I grew up in Sweden and was about to travel to France to study, but a video that I’d seen couldn’t leave my mind; a video of someone being stoned to death in Iran. I saw myself at a crossroads. I could live my own life and fulfil my dreams or I could put everything aside and fulfil my people’s dreams. That’s why I joined the MEK, to live for others. I thank all of you for being with us,” she said.

Ingrid Betancourt

Former Colombian Senator and Presidential candidate

“It’s just amazing what the MEK has done to transform this place since the last time I visited. I am proud to be your friend,” said Ms. Betancourt. “Your decision to confront the tyranny and pay the highest price. This sacrifice today is bearing its fruit. I see that here in Ashraf 3. It’s a miracle. I have been with you for a couple of years and I am amazed by your support and your political savviness. As a woman, I feel very proud and that in the world there is no organization like the MEK that gives women this power.”

“We are making history today,” she added. “Your victory is our victory and we will be very soon with you in Tehran!” Ms. Betancourt proclaimed.

Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City Mayor

“There is an alternative to the theocracy and dictatorship in Iran. It is a government-in-exile, and it gives us the confidence that if we help overthrow the Iranian regime, there will be prosperity and democracy in Iran,” said the former mayor.

Giuliani referred to the numerous terrorist plots against the MEK by the Iranian regime in 2018, saying, “They tried to bomb us in the US. They tried to bomb us here in Tirana a year and a half ago. They tried to bomb us in Paris a year ago. They’re the biggest state sponsor of terrorism and we let them sit in the UN and talk to them like they’re decent people.”

“I thank Madam Maryam Rajavi for letting me be part of this, and this is something that I am proud of and probably my children will be proud of…I wish to have this meeting in Tehran before I die,” Giuliani said.

Giuliani encouraged the MEK to continue their struggle for freedom. “You keep trying and you fail, you keep trying and you fail, and then the Berlin Wall comes down. It will happen eventually, but let’s make it happen now before another 100,000 deaths,” he said.

Senator Joseph Lieberman

Former U.S. Senator and Vice-Presidential candidate

“You in the NCRI have given us the opportunity to be true to our national principles. When I’m here I feel that I’m representing the spirit of my great friend, the late Senator John McCain, who was warned by the establishment to stay away from this organization, but he spent time learning about it. He came to Ashraf 3, believing in this organization and its cause,” said Lieberman.

“Ashraf 3 has become something magnificent. Coming here and seeing this magnificent community that you’ve built is miraculous. It teaches us lessons,” he continued.

Lieberman praised the Ashrafis for their perseverance, saying, “The citizens of Ashraf never gave up despite the atrocities they faced imposed by the Iranian regime.”

He also talked about the exhibition of the history of MEK members who have been killed and persecuted by the Iranian regime that he and other speakers viewed before the conference began: “This exhibition, despite the mourning, is inspiring. And the whole story of the Ashrafis is inspiring,” he said.

“With the kind of leadership that the MEK and Maryam Rajavi are giving and will give in Iran; with the support of people from around the world who are represented here and with the resistance of the Iranian people inside of Iran, we will have a meeting some day in Iran and come together and have a great party,” Lieberman concluded.

Michèle Alliot-Marie

MEP; former French Foreign, Defense, Justice and Interior Minister

Alliot-Marie referenced the MEK memorial, saying, “I have to say that I’m very moved. What a contrast between the dramatic, horrifying images that we saw a few minutes ago. To be in contact with men and women who have given their lives for such a cause. To see what you have been able to achieve. You wish to give so much to the Iranian people.”

“You have people who have been tortured yet you still pave the path for freedom. This visit to Ashraf 3 was very moving for us,” she continued.

“I have the privilege of being able to speak and think freely. Yet I also know that today this liberty is not available everywhere across the globe,” Alliot-Marie said.

“We are also obliged to all people who are being subjugated to dictators around the world, and in Iran. We are here today, Mrs. Rajavi, to tell you that you are not alone,” she said.

“We have to give the Iranian people courage and the help they need so they can get their future back,” Alliot-Marie concluded.

Matthew Offord

MP (United Kingdom)

“You are the proof of a proud brave nation that will never succumb to the atrocities of the regime,” Offord said, addressing the MEK members at the conference.

“We have always argued that decoupling the regime’s human rights violations from the nuclear deal was a mistake,” he said.

“We have been proven right that there is no moderate faction inside the Iranian regime.” he added.

“There are two issues that we continue to raise in our debates,” Offord said:

  1. “We need to hold the Iranian regime accountable for its atrocities in the 1988 massacre of political prisoners.”
  2. “The U.K. government needs to blacklist the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) and all its subsidiary as a terrorist organization.”

“This measure will signal to the Iranian people that they are not forgotten and we stand with them,” he emphasized.

Offord added, “We want to recognize the right of the Iranian people and the resistance led by Madame Maryam Rajavi to establish a democratic and free republic in Iran.”

“Iran’s current regime is not just a threat to the Iranian people but to the peace around the world,” he concluded.

General James Conway

Former Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps

“I participated in a policy panel in Ashraf 3 and we were invited to dinner with the ladies of Ashraf 3. And some of them shared with me their stories of sacrifice and suffering. What I saw last night in terms of the ability to endure loss and yet move on was the sense of unit cohesion and dedication to each other that was the same as you see in the military. The sense of mission and dedication to accomplish it, said General Conway.

“I’m absolutely confident that with those ladies, you will make your country free someday,” he added.

Ms. Mojgan Parsaie

Former MEK Secretary General

“The story of the supporters of Ashraf who helped rescue the MEK members is the story of honorable people,” said Ms. Parsaie.

“Time has shown that you stand on the right side of history. The future will show more appreciation,” she added.

“Mayor Giuliani was correct that the solution to Iran is not appeasement but regime change. Throughout history there are always tyrants and for a period they seem invincible. However, they all fall at the end. Always.” Ms. Parsaie concluded.

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Iran Policy AND a viable alternative - MEK Compound- Albania-July 11, 2019

Ashraf-3 Hosts International Panel on Iran Policy and MEK’s Role in Iran’s Democratic Future

Iran Policy AND a viable alternative - MEK Compound- Albania-July 11, 2019

Iran Policy AND a viable alternative – MEK Compound- Albania-July 11, 2019

Ashraf-3, the MEK’s headquarters in Albania, hosted an international conference on Thursday, July 11th entitled “Policy on Iran and a Viable Alternative.” A panel of prominent politicians and dignitaries from the United States and Europe offered their perspectives on the best approach to dealing with the Iranian regime. They also discussed the need for the international community to support the MEK as the democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime in Iran.

Moderator:

  • Former U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Lincoln Bloomfield

Panelists:

  • Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani
  • Former Commandant of the U.S. Marines Corps James Conway
  • University of Baltimore Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan
  • Former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Arms Control Ambassador Robert Joseph
  • Former Foreign Minister of Canada
  • Former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli

The following are some of the most notable moments from the day’s event. (Questions in bold type were asked by panel moderator Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield.)

What is the Achilles heel of the mullahs’ regime?

Sen. Torricelli “There’s a fundamental belief that things will work out. The future is not as bad as the past. Even a despotic regime will reform itself over time. That’s a handicap for us. The Iranian regime is not going to reform. It’s not going to change.”

“The second handicap is, those who would accommodate the regime take the high ground because they’re speaking out against war. Here’s the problem: first of all, there is a war. There’s no one fighting back. Tens of thousands of Iranians were killed by their own government. There’s been a war waged on the Iranian people since 1979. Those who would argue for patience and time have no moral high ground.”

Where can we have the maximum effect on pushing the regime back?

Amb. Joseph: “The right policy is whatever accelerates the end of this regime. The wrong policy is what prolongs the life of this regime. Appeasement has turned out to be not just a failure but also counter to American interests. We should start with maximum pressure, and the administration has been doing a good job. The sanctions are having a deep impact on the Iranian economy.

“If we show weakness, it’s provocative. When we show strength, the regime backs down. It’s important that we always keep in mind that the show of strength is key to success.”

“Land invasion is not what’s necessary. Change has to come from within [Iran]. A more effective policy would include calling out the regime on its gross human rights violations. We don’t do that often enough.”

“We should negotiate on nuclear affairs, but we have to keep in mind what our principles are. We should not be victim of the mindset that negotiations mean compromise and giving the other party concessions. That is what happened in the JCPOA.

“Our focus ought to be calling them out, and combining these tools, whether its sanctions or the military, that will facilitate the end of this regime.”

What’s the right strategy to impair the military of the Iranian regime? Is it something we should be looking at? What else could we be thinking of that would undermine the cohesion of this criminal enterprise?

Prof. Sheehan: “The contest is ultimately over the right to think freely. The regime fears the truth, they fear facts. We must hold panels like this and expand the truth. We must give the Iranian people a sense of what’s going on around them and the idea that there is this viable alternative.

“The Iranian opposition does not fear the truth, and they know ultimately that it is on their side. With time these ideas will lead to the revolution that we’d all like to see take place.”

Should we be more specific about the guilt of the Iranian regime?

Baird: “We can exploit the regime’s vulnerability, to support the people of Iran. The regime realizes that when it falls, they will have no place to go. The senior members of this regime know that they will have nowhere to go and they will be held to account for their crimes such as the 1988 massacre of political prisoners and the bombing of the Jewish center in Argentina.”

Sen. Torricelli: “No one can seriously believe this regime will last long. It’s an unsustainable situation. If you’re in the leadership today, there’s going to be a moment in your life when you’re going to be held accountable.”

What messages are the ones that really hurt the regime the most and isolate them among their people?

Amb. Joseph: “We must continue to push forward on exposing the regime’s brutality and its human rights violation. In the information space, we ought to focus on how this regime has failed the people. Just look at their inability to respond to the recent flooding. It is an incompetent regime. That is a vulnerability that would further deteriorate support for this regime in Iran, which is already decreasing day after day, month after month, year after year.”

Do the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) deserve to wear a uniform at all, given their unprofessional behavior?

General Conway, “Iran’s regime invariably gets greedy. Every one of the leaders of this regime have Swiss bank accounts that are growing while the people of Iran are living in poverty. We should expose that and let the people know who their leadership is.”

What will do the trick [to overthrow the mullahs]?

Prof. Ivan Sascha Sheehan “The regime in Tehran fears internal pressure more than it fears external threats. The people of Iran don’t need the world to rescue them. The regime change will be led by you.”

Are we playing strong offense and defense?

Sen. Torricelli: “Not enough.”

“It happens all the time. In Tehran, they have carefully disseminated false information into the mainstream media. We’re fighting back, and it’s been a long climb. What the mullahs are doing with misinformation in Washington, London and Paris, you can do with the truth. “

Baird: “The fact that the European authorities uncovered a plot by the regime that tried to attack the Free Iran rally in Paris in 2018, the rashness just shows how fearful the regime is of you.”

How do we amass the power of the many outrages about the regime and put it all into a powerful mixture?

Amb. Joseph: “The process that I’ve seen is that reporters tend to go to the same sources over and over again. If you look at who they’re going to in the world of think tanks, most of these people are doing the work of the regime.”

“This is where the MEK and NCRI can make a difference.”

Is the world taking notice of the regime’s terrorism in their countries? When did it become acceptable behavior? What should we do about it?

Prof. Sheehan: “There are some groups and individuals that you simply can’t negotiate with, and the regime is emblematic of that group.”

“In Washington, DC, we found a deeply entrenched pro-regime lobby, and that lobby exists in other places of the world. But the tools and power of ideas that we have at our disposal today are much stronger than the tools we had before.”

“We don’t have to wait for Washington to change its policy. Every citizen around the world can help contribute to this change.”

A lot of people in Washington fear that what happened in Syria and Libya will repeat in Iran.

Baird: “They need to understand who the Iranian people are and what their capacity is. We have to push back against the elite foreign policy view in the West. In the West, regimes start to do crazy stupid things and the type of behavior we’ve seen in this regime. They are not being rational in their final days, and the more we see this, the closer they are to their end.”

The Iranian people have had this aspiration from at least the beginning of the 20th century. How can we convince the West that we can trust them if this regime collapses?

Sen. Torricelli: “Tehran is desperately trying to keep the Europeans in a dialogue to keep an economic lifeline. They do not want military confrontation but they are attacking the U.S. drone. These are irrational acts. When the regime becomes this irrational, it means that the sanctions are working. Those irrational actions tell me that we’re reaching a point. If I were Trump or Merkel or Macron, I would press my foot on the pedal because they’re telegraphing that what we are doing is working.”

How do we direct western policy in the right direction? What could we do that we are not doing enough of?

Giuliani: “We had an opportunity a few years ago when the sanctions were working. There are strong indicators that the protests in Iran are becoming political.”

“People have said bad things about you because you support the MEK and Madam Rajavi. What does Washington need to know that this group is entirely misportrayed in Washington?” asked Amb. Bloomfield.

Giuliani: “We need a massive public relations campaign. When people find out what this group really stands for and they get past the allegations, it all starts to make sense. We’ve got the same goal that is a free democratic Iran.”

Is there a potential for Canada, the U.S. and Europe to find common ground on how the regime is gaming the west and escaping accountability?

Baird: “After Iraq, President Obama and other European leaders were so desperate to make diplomacy work rather than military force. What we need is leadership. The weakness in 2009 in not standing up for the Iranian people will go down in history as a lost opportunity. We must do all we can to stand up for what’s right. We need leadership. That is what Madam Rajavi is trying to provide.”

Sen. Torricelli: “The people are realizing that this regime will not moderate. The regime’s behavior is also deteriorating all the time.”

What can we do to show there’s a democratic alternative? How do we find that next gear in Washington?

Giuliani: “In the past year, the regime has become more frightened and irrational. Striking the drone and what they’re doing with the tankers, maybe they want us to attack them and they hope that it would rally the people behind them. We’re so reluctant to take military action, and the world would also react badly, that the mullahs could push us along if they engaged diplomatically. But their poking their finger in our eye.”

“I think the mullahs are going to fall, with these protests going on, the crazy things they are doing. I think they are desperate. What they are doing sounds like a regime that is not thinking in clever ways.”

Let’s assume the Iranians will continue to lash out desperately. What’s your advice in Washington for a legitimate response?

Amb. Joseph: “One of the things we need to do is recognize that revolutions are very messy. What is missing in those revolutions is a viable alternative that would be beneficial not only to the Iranian people but also to the U.S. and the world in general.”

“What we need to do is to think strategically and integrate our tools in an effective strategy. The only solution to the nuclear issue in Iran is regime change and the viable alternative is a key component to that.”

“I spoke to many people in Ashraf. The sacrifices that the members of MEK in Ashraf have endured are many. But they do not have a sense of revenge. That, I think, will deliver the people of Iran their freedom.”

Do we have the ability to select surgical targets as an acceptable response?

Prof. Sheehan: “What unifies us here in this panel and this room is that the mullahs are not irrational when it comes to one thing, which is their fear of the organized resistance. What I wish U.S. officials knew is the democratic aspirations and inclinations of the Iranian people, which run very, very deep. The Iranian people are not the slightest bit irrational. I have come to appreciate how sophisticated and educated they are. I have come to appreciate that the NCRI’s platform and Madam Rajavi’s plan is the future of Iran. That’s the viable alternative that we need Washington to realize.”

People have been in the streets since the late 2017. They are admitting that the MEK and NCRI are organizing the demonstrations. Are we making progress here?

Giuliani: “The fact that the protests continue is a very good sign even though the regime has tried to harm them. The biggest frustration is getting the European governments to do the right thing. Whatever their economic interests and fear, we should all be together in eliminating this regime. We have to keep up the pressure, try to put more sanctions. And the important point is, some of these revolutions have happened without an alternative. Here you do not have to let that happen. We must get Americans to understand that there is an alternative and let them see it.”

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Free Iran Rally Berlin

More Than 15000 Thousands of MEK Supporters In a Massive Demonstration in Berlin Called for Free Iran

Free Iran Rally Berlin

Over 15,000 supporters of MEK, take it to the streets of Berlin, voicing the Iranian people’s quest for freedom and democracy for Iran.-July 6, 2019

On Saturday, July 6, 2019, in continuation of “Free Iran rallies”, more than 15000 thousands supporters of the Peoples Mojahedin Organization of Iran (MEK / PMOI) held a massive and impressive demonstration in Berlin.

Berlin-Free Iran rally supported the uprising of the Iranian people and the struggle of MEK resistance units “to overthrow the clerical religious dictatorship and the establishment of democracy and people’s sovereignty, and expressed their support for the PMOI/MEK, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its President-elect, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, and her 10 point plan for future Iran.” reported the NCR-iran.org

Prominent politicians such as Patrick Kennedy, Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian presidential candidate, Thomas Nord, German Member of Parliament, Eduard Lintner, former German deputy Interior Minister, Senator Jerry Horgan of Ireland, Michał Kamiński Polish Member of Parliament, and Leo Dassenberg, chairman of the Free Iran’s Committee in Germany and a former member of the federal parliament, spoke at the rally.

Ingrid Betancourt – Former Senator-Colombian Presidential Candidate

Ms. Betancourt referenced the raining weather, saying,

“No shower will deter us from saying what we came here to say, which is to Khamenei: “We want to tell Khamenei, we’re coming for you. We want to hold you accountable for all the people you murdered because they were longing for freedom, justice, and democracy.”

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Ms. Betancourt spoke against the policy of appeasement, saying, “We are here to say to our governments in Europe that we don’t want any more agreements and concessions with the corrupt and criminal government of the mullahs.”

She also reiterated the fact that support for the Iranian Resistance is not a political issue: “We are here to defend our values and principles, and it doesn’t matter where we stand, left or right. The fight of the Iranian Resistance is our fight,” she emphasized.

Betancourt discussed the regime’s demonization campaign against the MEK and encouraged Western media not to play into the mullahs’ hands by falling for their propaganda. She specifically condemned a recent attack on the MEK by Der Spiegel that a German tribunal found to be libelous.

“The mullahs kill physically, but they also kill morally through defamation,” she stressed. “We know the people we stand with. These are the people who are fighting with criminals. Don’t get it wrong. You can’t change the truth by writing articles.”

Betancourt concluded her speech with scathing criticism of the New York Times for its false portrayal of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as having support from the Iranian people. The article also claimed the IRGC had renounced its hardline religious beliefs and had not suffered a loss of power due to U.S. sanctions.

“This is a lie! Not only is [the IRGC] criticized by the people, but they are also facing division in their ranks because they don’t have money to pay their ranks and to finance their war in the Middle East. This is the beginning of the end of the mullahs’ regime,” Ms. Betancourt said.

“The Iranian regime is a religious dictatorship. It is a threat to the world and is trying to acquire a nuclear weapon. We must do whatever we can to prevent the regime from acquiring a nuclear bomb to endanger world peace.”

Thomas Nord Member of German Bundestag

Mr. Norde said that he shared the concerns that have been voiced by others about war in Iran. He said that war is not the answer for Iran. He pointed to the solution provided by Mrs. Rajavi. Norde agreed with her that “the solution is in the hands of the Iranian people and the Resistance who are standing up and fighting against this regime. Democracy and freedom cannot be exported to Iran. The people have risen for freedom and democracy.”

Norde spoke of the anti-regime uprisings that took place last year. “Last year thousands of men and women took to the streets of Iran, demonstrating for the rights of women and for the freedom of thousands of political prisoners.”

“They take great risks to stand up against the regime. They risk their lives for the freedom of their country, and that is why they are worthy of attaining freedom. We support those who have been tortured in the regime’s prisons and we condemn the acts of the regime,” he added.

“We must support the will of the Iranian people and their struggle for freedom. We express our solidarity with the Iranian Resistance,” he concluded.

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Rep. Patrick Kennedy speaking at FreeIran rally in Berlin

Patrick Kennedy: I Support The MEK, Because They Are Right and The Mullahs Are Wrong

Rep. Patrick Kennedy speaking at FreeIran rally in Berlin

Former Congressman, Patrick Kennedy, addressing the huge MEK supporters rally in Berlin, expressing his support for the political platform Mrs. Maryam Rajavi has put out for future Iran.-July 6, 2019

Rep. Kennedy noted the setting of the rally at the historic Brandenburg Gate and its parallels to the Iranian people’s current struggle for freedom. “We are at a historic point in history when it comes to the freedom of the people of Iran,” he said. “This is not just a problem for Iranians to solve, it’s a problem for anyone in the world who cherishes freedom and democracy and who hates the tyrannical regime of the mullahs in Iran.”

“Crimes against humanity are happening today, and it’s the mullahs in Tehran who are the fascist dictators,” Kennedy said.

“Iran is the single leading nation in the world for executing their own people. Not only are they sowing terrorism amongst their own people in Iran, but they are also sowing terrorism across the world,” Representative Kennedy added.

Kennedy expressed his support for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran(MEK / PMOI) and spoke about what his experience in politics taught him about the mullahs’ attacks on the MEK: “When the MEK continues to get attacked every day, it reminds me that the mullahs cannot attack the MEK on the 10-point plan offered by Madam Rajavi, or on the assertion that Iran is the leading sponsor of state terrorism, or that the mullahs support Hezbollah and Hamas in Syria. It can’t attack the MEK because the MEK is right and the mullahs are wrong,” he said.

Representative Kennedy also addressed the partisan nature of support for U.S. sanctions and encouraged his fellow Democrats to look past their dislike of Trump in their consideration of sanction: “There are many on the Democratic left who believe that because they do not like Trump they have to be against sanctions on Iran…I do not believe that this is the time for us to let up on the financial stranglehold on the mullahs,” he said. “The economy is crashing, inflation is spiking. The mullahs can’t support their regime when we cut off the supply of money they use to continue to control their people. We need to keep sanctions going strong until we bring down this horrible dictatorship.”

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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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Highlights from MEK’s International Conference in Albania

Maryam Rajavi at a conference in Ashraf-3

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.

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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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The Associated Press Covers the Anti-Regime Protests in Washington D.C.

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Thousands of Supporter of the MEK rally for regime change in Iran, Saturday, June 21, 2019

The Associated Press journalist Matthew Lee covered the Iranian opposition’s March for regime change in Washington D.C. on Friday, June 21. In a report featured on the AP’s website, Lee described the scale and fervor of the event which saw thousands of Iranians from across North America, as well as Republican and Democrat leaders,  gather at the State Department in protest at regime aggression.

“Clad in yellow vests emblazoned with the words “Free Iran,” more than 1,000 members of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq [MEK] gathered outside the State Department to demand an end to Iran’s theocratic government,” Lee wrote.

Maryam Rajavi Addresses the Crowd

The president-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi addressed the crowd via video link. “We have and will continue to declare that what we seek is the regime’s overthrow, overthrow, overthrow,” she said.

Credit to AP photo: Activists gather at the State Department and watch a message on the screen from Maryam Rajavi before a march to the White House to call for regime change in Iran, Friday, June 21, 2019, in Washington.

In the Regime’s Crosshairs

With their allies holding senior positions in the US government, the MEK has seen its popularity and influence steadily increase. The increasing numbers of Iranians lining Iran’s streets at MEK-organised protests and rallies, and the regime’s further isolation on the international stage has prompted the mullahs to renew efforts to disrupt and undermine the MEK.

In 2018, the regime launched a string of terror attacks against the opposition group. During the Persian New Year celebrations, the regime attempted to detonate a bomb at the group’s compound in Albania. The Albanian authorities foiled the plot before the bombing could be carried out.

A similar attack was planned for the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris. The Iranian regime through its embassy in the Austrian capital of Vienna provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with an explosive ordinance and instructed the pair to travel to the event and detonate a car bomb. Once again, Belgian authorities were able to thwart the plot in its late stages.

UPI, in a report dated June 21, 2019 wrote: “Thousands of Iranian Americans rallied outside the U.S. State Department and White House in Washington, D.C., on Friday to push for a regime change and increased sanctions on Tehran.”

The UPI said: “In addition for increased sanctions on the Iranian regime, demonstrators called for the United States to designate the Ministry of Intelligence and Security as a foreign terrorist organization.”

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June 21, March for regime change in Iran by supporters of the MEK in Washington D.C.

MEK Supporters Rally in Washington, D.C. for a Free Iran

 

June 21, March for regime change in Iran by supporters of the MEK in Washington D.C.

Supporters of the MEK, Iran’s principal opposition march in Washington D.C. in solidarity with the Iranian people’s protests for freedom and democracy in Iran-June 21, 2019

MEK supporters and members of the Iranian-American Communities gathered in front of the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. on Friday for the second in a series of Free Iran rallies that are taking place this summer in world capitals. The Free Iran gathering is an annual event held by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) each summer, but the growth of the Iranian Resistance has led to a total of five rallies this summer.

Participants in the rally called for the international community to recognize the right of the Iranian people to overthrow their oppressors and for the blacklisting of all agents of the Iranian regime.

The event was attended by thousands of members of the Iranian diaspora and included speeches from prominent current and former U.S. politicians. Below are some highlights from the day’s events:

A spokesperson for the Organization of Iranian-American Communities (OIAC) opened the rally with a welcome to attendees. He followed with a call for the U.S. Department of State to designate the Iranian regime Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) as a terrorist organization.

He also asked the U.S. to recognize the NCRI as the viable democratic alternative to the mullahs’ regime. “With this comes to the recognition of an alternative to the Iranian regime,” he said. “Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and the NCRI have demonstrated leadership, a significant network, and the organizational capabilities to free Iran. We support Mrs. Maryam Rajavi in her 10-point plan for a free, democratic and non-nuclear Iran.”

Senator Robert Torricelli

Former U.S. Senator (D-NJ), Former U.S Representative (D-NJ)

Senator Torricelli stressed that the Iranian regime is corrupt and incapable of change. “We’re here to remind our friends in this building and the White House that there are some things about the regime that must be remembered. There is no reforming the mullahs in Tehran,” he said.

Torricelli emphasized, “Terrorists don’t reform! The reality is the mullahs will never change, they will develop nuclear weapons, they will spread terror. We need regime change and we need it now!”

Torricelli stated that democratic change would come from the people of Iran. “Where will new leadership come?” he asked. “It will come from the millions of people in Iran and abroad. The people of Iran are talented and educated. They can run their country in freedom. They don’t need the mullahs to run their country.”

Torricelli addressed European leaders and the United Nations, saying, “If Iran were a nation in Europe, you wouldn’t tolerate the mullahs for a minute because of their executions, the torture, and death. Do the people of Iran deserve less because they don’t live in Europe?”

“The Iranian people deserve what all people deserve: a free country of their own,” the former senator concluded.

Representative Brad Sherman

U.S. Representative (D-CA)

Representative Sherman spoke about the regime’s human rights violations and its exportation of terrorism, saying, “This is a regime known for mass executions, the jailing of journalists, it’s fueling of extremism around the region, and Iranians have stood up at great risk to themselves and shouted, “No Gaza! No Lebanon! No Syria! My life for Iran!”

Sherman expressed his support for the MEK and the Iranian Resistance, saying, “We stand in solidarity with brave Iranians who are fighting for a new chapter in this great nation’s history. This chapter will be written by Iranians, not by Americans.”

He added, “Democracy will come to Iran from Iran, not from U.S. intervention.”

Sherman ended on a hopeful note. “I look forward to the day we see free elections in Iran,” he said.

Representative Tom McClintock

U.S. Representative (R-CA)

Congressman Tom McClintock used his speech to praise the strength of the Iranian Resistance in standing up to the mullahs.

“The Iranian freedom movement has not just endured, it has grown dramatically,” he said. “ As the injustices and the atrocities of the Iranian regime have become so widespread and so despised, as the tyranny of the mullahs has become more extreme, the international resistance to them has become more resolute.”

McClintock condemned the Iranian regime, calling its claim to power “illegitimate.” “[Iran] has been oppressed and plundered by a gang of thugs who have appointed themselves as the rulers of the country. Their claim to power is illegitimate and the time to topple them is approaching. Their desperation is showing both at home and abroad,” he stated.

Representative McClintock referenced the regime’s terrorist activities against MEK members abroad, its acts of aggression toward neighboring countries, and its recent attack on a U.S. drone as examples of the regime’s desperation.

McClintock closed his speech with words of encouragement to the assembled MEK supporters: “Your cause is just, and in the full measure of time, just causes always prevail.”

Maryam Rajavi

President-elect of the NCRI

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi delivered a video message to the rally attendees. She called out the regime for its attempts to distract the Iranian people by painting the U.S. as the enemy. “To fend off the people’s fury, for forty years, the murderous mullahs have pointed their fingers at the U.S. as the enemy. But we were not deceived,” she said.

“Now, the people of Iran cry out in every street and alley that “our enemy is right here; the mullahs lie when they say America is the enemy.”

Indeed, this is a regime whose Constitution has formally replaced people’s sovereignty and universal suffrage with the rule of the mullahs,” she added.

Mrs. Rajavi explained the purpose of spoke the mullahs’ demonization campaign against the MEK. “The disgraceful demonization campaign against the Iranian Resistance in the pro-appeasement media seeks to perpetuate the narrative that the people of Iran are better off with the theocratic rule of the mullahs; There is no alternative, and don’t even think or talk about it,” she said.

Mrs. Rajavi said that this is part of a larger strategy to preserve the policy of appeasement toward the mullahs, which allows them to act without consequences.

“Now,” she said, “If the U.S. administration does not appease the mullahs’ tyranny, it would be a warmonger.”

“If the U.S. obstructs the Iranian regime’s path toward nuclear weapons, it would be a warmonger,” she continued.

Mrs. Rajavi described the cost of appeasement: “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 also spoke of the regime’s warmongering in the Middle East and its devastating effect on both regional stability and 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.

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

Mrs. Rajavi emphasized that the regime is beyond reform, saying, “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.

General Jack Keane

Retired Four Star General and former Vice-Chief of Staff, U.S. Army

General Keane discussed the need to hold the Iranian accountable for its actions. He said, “2018 was a major turning point for Iran. The United States pulled out of the nuclear deal and for the first time in 39 years put Iran on notice.”

Keane addressed the Iranian regime directly. “Using your proxies to drive the wars in Syria and Yemen must stop,” he stressed. “Providing Hamas and Hezbollah with rockets and missiles to attack Israel must stop. Undermining the government of Iraq must stop. Undermining other governments in the region must stop. Building ballistic missiles must stop. You must stop sponsoring terrorism. And you cannot enrich uranium and develop a path to a nuclear weapon. And you must stop repressing your people.”

General Keane described the effects of the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign on the Iranian economy and noted that “the Iranian people are correctly blaming the Iranian regime and not the United States.”

General Keane said that the U.S. would not back down from its pressure on the Iranian regime, despite its threats and provocation.

Finally, Keane vowed to stand beside the Iranian people. “We will be there with you until you get your homeland and your freedom back,” he said.

Governor Bill Richardson

Former Governor of New Mexico (D), former Secretary of Energy, former Ambassador to the United Nations

Governor Richardson greeted the attendees, pointing out that he had been speaking for the MEK for ten years. He voiced his strong support for the Iranian Resistance in his speech, using his time to hail the strengths of the NCRI and the MEK.

“We need a new regime, and that regime is you, the MEK, the NCRI, the alternative,” Richardson said.

“It’s a strong organization, with a lot of confidence and commitment and leadership abilities. The top leader, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, is a great leader,” he continued.

Governor Richardson enumerated Maryam Rajavi’s ten-point plan for Iran’s democratic future, explaining its merits. He then concluded his speech by saying, “[Mrs. Rajavi’s] ten-point plan sounds like America, it sounds like democracy. If there’s a free Iran and a free election, this is what will happen.”

Senator Bob Menendez

U.S. Senator (D-NJ), Ranking Member Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Senator Menendez sent a written message to the assembled participants at the rally, in which he condemned the Iranian regime for its threats to the United States and its human rights violations to its own people.

He wrote, [A]cross the Middle East, Iran continues to threaten the national security and interests of the United States. It continues to pursue a belligerent, ballistic missile program.”

“The people of Iran suffer under a repressive regime with absolutely no respect for basic human rights and no economic investment in their welfare,” he continued. “I will always support justice and human rights, peace and security and above all else, the rights of all Iranians to fundamental freedoms.”

Senator John Cornyn

U.S. Senator (R-TX), Senate Select Committee on Intelligence

Senator John Cornyn also sent a written message to be read at the rally:

“As recent events have demonstrated, the Iranian authoritarian government is a dangerous and destabilizing regional influence that rules its people with an iron fist, suppressing their individual rights and subjecting them to humanitarian abuse. As the largest State sponsor of terror in the world, Iran has bankrolled terrorist organizations that have waged war and undermined regional stability for decades,” his message read.

His statement continued: “It is important to point out that the Iranian people are the greatest victims of this brutal regime. They have struggled under the Ayatollahs for decades. But the struggle of the Iranian people has not gone unnoticed. In order to help the Iranian people, I believe that it is important for the United States to support the Administration’s ‘maximum pressure policy.’ A policy that promotes freedom and individual rights of the people while taking every step necessary to liberate them from the regime’s oppressive rule.”

Following the speeches, demonstrators marched from the State Department to the White House.

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Regime Oil Minister Warns Various Factions Within Regime From the MEK

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Regime Oil Minister warns various factions within the regime from the main opposition, the MEK.

Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh acknowledged the failure of the regime to bypass U.S. smart sanctions in a June 8th interview with the Islamic Consultancy Assembly News Agency. Zanganeh said that the MEK’s influence in the White House was to blame for the success of the sanctions.

Evolving Sanctions

“The smart sanctions imposed by the U.S. have reached a point where all paths countering sanctions are blocked. In this recent round [of sanctions], the U.S. has made it more difficult to circumvent the sanctions and we are struggling hard to surpass this period,” Zanganeh said.

Zanganeh explained how the U.S. had evolved in its implementation of sanctions, making it impossible for the regime to counter them.

“The ports of other countries are put under sanctions. In the previous period, United Nations sanctions were persistent. This time around, however, the U.S. personally is persisting and its resolve to implement these sanctions is increased many times in comparison to the past and it has created a sophisticated organization for it. Over the past five or six years, the Americans have reached an evil maturity regarding the so-called smart sanctions. It means they’ve reached a point where they want to prevent all our paths of countering sanctions,” Zanganeh complained.

 

“The difference now with the [1980s Iran-Iraq] war era is that back then we could sell any amount of oil we wanted. We did not have a problem procuring ships and, of course, we could receive the oil money from any bank in the world and buy any goods with it. Now, selling oil, getting ships, and moving money and even buying many types of goods have become difficult. This round of sanctions is even very different from the last one. In fact, the harshest organized sanctions in history have been implemented and applied against the [Iranian] regime. Therefore, we need to know what an extreme war we are facing. If we don’t understand this extremity and difficulty, there will be wrong analysis,” he added.

No Waivers for Iranian Oil

Zanganeh noted that the U.S. is no longer issuing waivers to any countries for Iranian oil imports.

 

“Right now, there isn’t even a single country that has waivers to buy oil from Iran, and even natural gas condensates are added to the sanctioned items. The shipping and banking sanctions are harsher than the previous time,” he said.

Covert Intelligence

Zanganeh claimed that covert U.S. agents contacted the regime under the pretense of buying oil in order to collect intelligence about Iran’s mechanism for bypassing sanctions.

 

“There were maybe about ten individuals who contacted us every day to buy oil. However, 70 percent of them were not real customers. Chances are they were seeking our intelligence about how we sell oil and how we want to receive our money. They want to find out everything about our system,” he said.

Factions United against the MEK

The Oil Minister concluded his interview with a call for unity within the regime’s leadership. Zanganeh encouraged opposing factions to treat each other with kindness and to blame the MEK for their problems.

 

“I say we should get along and be kind to each other. Right now, we are very rude to each other. Why are we like that? We are a group and need to be kind to each other. The [MEK] has now infiltrated the White House. Have we forgotten that? Mr. Bolton is now the representative of the [MEK] in the White House! They are working there against us! Why aren’t we kind to each other?” he asked.

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