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MEK- Iran: Fox News Covers NCRI Press Conference From Washington D.C.

Press Conference on ’Iran’s Emissaries of Terror’

NCRI-US press briefing on the Iranian Intelligence Ministry’s role in terror in the U.S. and Europe

Fox News, covered the press briefing of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) – U.S. representative office in Washington D.C. and called for blacklisting the Iranian regime Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and for the European nations to close their Iranian embassies in the interests of national security.

In an article on the Fox News website, Adam Shaw reported on an address by Alireza Jafarzadeh, the Deputy Director of the National Council of Resistance of Iran. He told reporters at a press conference in Washington D.C. this week, “What we are calling for is closing the Iranian regime’s embassies.” He added: “These diplomatic relations have allowed the regime to plot terrorist attacks and assassinations in the West.”

Fox News wrote:

“Iranian-backed plots have surged in recent years, particularly in 2018, when the NCRI logged 10 instances of terror plots or terror-related arrests against Iranian officials. The most significant was the foiled plot to bomb an annual gathering of Iranian dissident groups (under the umbrella of the NCRI) in Paris last year — an event that was attended by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. An Iranian diplomat based in Vienna was one of four arrested for the plot.”

A Network of Spies and Terrorists

The Iranian opposition group has written extensively on the Iranian regime’s use of embassies abroad to coordinate terror attacks against their political opponents.

In 2018 alone, authorities in Europe and the US foiled terror attacks or arrested Iranian agents on 10 separate occasions. Many of the attacks were planned against the MEK, the largest opposition group. Among the countries affected were the US, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, and Albania.

In one of the most nefarious plots, the Iranian regime planned to detonate a bomb at the MEK’s annual Grand Gathering event in Paris. The event drew an attendance of more than 100,000 politicians, journalists, and activists from across the globe, including President Trump’s personal lawyer, former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani.

Giuliani Issues Statement in Wake of Failed Terrorist Attack on NCRI Gathering

An Iranian diplomat working out of the regime’s embassy in Vienna allegedly provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with 500g of explosive material and detailed instructions of how to carry out the attack. The diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, was working for the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and was tasked with coordinating attacks against the MEK in Europe.

The incident in Paris was one of several high-profile assassinations and terror attacks. In July, the Dutch government expelled two Iranian diplomats accused of orchestrating the murder of two Iranian dissidents living in the Netherlands. A similar incident occurred in Denmark when authorities exposed a plan to murder another opposition activist.

The European Union imposed sanctions against the regime in January 2019, following the spate of incidents.

Europe Still Reluctant to Take a Firmer Stance Against the Iranian Regime

Despite the string of terror plots exposed on European soil, the European Union has still been reluctant to take a firmer stance against the Iranian regime.

It has fallen to the US president to lead the charge against the bloodthirsty dictatorship in Iran, a mantle he has taken up with gusto. Last month, the Trump administration announced the inclusion of the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on its foreign terror list (FTO).

The listing, announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, criminalizes any American provides assistance, whether financial, physical or advice, to the organization. Given the IRGC controls 90% of the Iranian economy, it will have significant repercussions for any company of individual conduction business in Iran.

In his statement, Mike Pompeo said: “This is an effort by the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran – the president, Rouhani, who’s the president of Iran, is permitting to take place, where they’re going to Europe and killing people on European soil. This is unacceptable.”

Where Next?

In its press conference, the NCRI took the opportunity to call on European governments to follow the US’s lead and designate the IRGC as a terror organization. It also urged European nations to close Iranian embassies on their soil to limit the Iranian terror capabilities and disrupt the web of Iranian terrorism and espionage that has spread across Europe in the last 12 months.

Jafarzadeh also called on the United States to take measures to ensure the Iranian regime doesn’t divert funds away from the IRGC into the MOIS. It urged the Trump administration to follow up its IRGC designation by adding the MOIS to its FTO list. In doing so, it would ensure the maximum disruption to the Iranian terror machine.

John Bolton, Trump’s National Security Advisor, told journalists, “[The policy] is to put maximum pressure on the regime to change its behavior, and I think it’s working, and I think that’s what they’re worried about.”

The US’s maximum pressure policy is having its intended effect. Now it is time to tighten the screws and further limit the finances and resources at the regime’s disposal.

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Teachers Assaulted by Regime Forces during Peaceful Protest in Tehran

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Teachers’ Day Protests across Iran asking for their colleagues that had been imprisoned during previous demonstrations to be released.

On Thursday, Iranian teachers in Tehran taking part in a peaceful protest in recognition of Teachers’ Day were attacked by security forces. The teachers had gathered outside of the Ministry of Education building in response to a nationwide call to protest from teachers unions.

The protesting teachers and educational support workers carried handmade signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Imprisoned workers must be freed.”

“Your pain is our pain, people must rise up and join us.”

Teachers’ Day demonstrations took place in dozens of Iranian cities on Thursday, as Iran’s teachers used the annual holiday to renew their demands for better pay, benefits, and working conditions; to call for free, quality education for every child; and to once again demand the release of their jailed colleagues.

Nationwide Protests

Protests took place in the cities of Isfahan, Divandareh, Tabriz, Mallard, Karaj, Hamedan, Kermanshah, Sanandaj, Qazvin, Marivan, Urmia, Yazd, Homayounshahr, Sari, Khorrmabad, Mahabad, Mashhad, Torbat-e Heydarieh, Kurdistan, Ardebil, and Javanroud, according to MEK sources inside Iran. Teachers in a number of cities are believed to have joined the protests after the MEK prepared the initial list. Teachers in these cities gathered outside of their local Ministry of Education buildings to protest.

 

Teachers and educational support workers in Kermanshah chanted, “Majlis [the regime’s parliament] and the government do not care about the teachers.”

 

Teachers in Hamadan held handmade signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

 

“Stop privatizing schools and education.”

“Children must receive a free and quality education.”

“We demand decent pay for our work.”

Teachers in Mallard carried posters and placards which read: “Free education is the right of every child.”

“We demand salary and wages above the poverty line for teachers and pensioners.”

Unanswered Demands

Iranian teachers have protested dozens of times over the past year in response to substandard pay and working conditions and lack of freedom to advocate for themselves and their students. Iran’s teachers launched nationwide strikes in October 2018, November 2018, and March 2019. The regime refuses to address their concerns and arrested many of the organizers of the strikes.

 

The teachers have made a list of their unmet demands, which include:

 

  • better wages;
  • free education for every child;
  • respect for the rights of minorities;
  • the cancellation of several government plans that push Iranian education workers further into poverty;
  • an end to temporary contracts.

 

Thursday’s attack comes a day after 35 protesters were arrested by Iranian security forces while participating in a peaceful demonstration in honor of International Labour Day.

Maryam Rajavi’s Response

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) saluted the protesting teachers for standing up against the repressive regime and its forces. She tweeted:

 

“Teachers’ protests and their stand against repressive rgm forces showed public anger & disgust at religious dictatorship and demand for change; ‘People join us, our problem is your problem,’ ‘Teachers are imprisoned, extortionists are free’
#Iran”

 

She also called on international human rights groups and teachers’ unions to take action to secure the release of imprisoned teachers in Iran, tweeting:

“I call on #Iran people, especially students, to support teachers and their rightful demands. International human rights orgs & teachers unions worldwide should condemn clerical rgm & take urgent action to freed detained and imprisoned teachers”.

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MEK-Iran: Teachers’ Day Marked by Nationwide Protests in Iran

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Teachers take it to the streets on Teacher’s day, to express their outrage on the terrible condition of teachers under the ruling regime.-May 2, 2019

On Thursday, May 2nd, educators in dozens of cities across Iran answered a nationwide call to protest in recognition of Teachers’ Day. Teachers gathered in front of local Ministry of Education offices and demonstrated in the streets in protest of low wages, poor benefits and working conditions, the inability to form labor unions, and the imprisonment of activist teachers. Protests took place in the cities of Tehran, Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Sanandaj, Urmia, Yazd, Hamedan, Divandareh, Mallard, Tabriz, Qazvin, Javanrood, Ardebil, Kermanshah, Homayounshahr, Sari, Khorramabad, Marivan, Mahabad, Karaj, Mashhad, and many others.

Protest in Hamadan

 

Teachers in the city of Hamadan held handwritten signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Stop privatizing schools and education.”

“Children must receive a free and quality education.”

“We demand decent pay for our work.”

One of the protesting teachers at the Hamadan rally gave a speech to the assembled demonstrators.

Protest in Kermanshah

In the city of Kermanshah, teachers and educational support workers held a gathering in honor of Teachers’ Day. The teachers chanted: “Majlis [the regime’s parliament] and the government do not care about the teachers!”

Protests in Tehran

 

In the capital city of Tehran, teachers and educational support workers gathered in front of the Ministry of Education building to protest. They carried handwritten signs reading: “Imprisoned teachers must be freed.”

“Imprisoned workers must be freed.”

“Your pain is our pain, people must rise up and join us.”

Protests in Mallard

 

In Mallard, Tehran Province, teachers, and educational support workers held a rally in honor of Teachers’ Day. They carried posters and signs reading: “Free education is the right of every child.”

“We demand salary and wages above the poverty line for teachers and pensioners.”

A number of other cities are reported to have joined in the nationwide protests as well.

Maryam Rajavi’s Remarks

 

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), issued a call to the Iranian people to support the protesting teachers. She also asked human rights groups and international teachers unions to take action to free teachers who have been detained and imprisoned by the Iranian regime.

Mrs. Rajavi tweeted some of the chants heard at Thursday’s protests, noting that their anger reflects a desire for change. She wrote:

“Teachers’ protests and their stand against repressive rgm forces showed public anger & disgust at religious dictatorship and demand for change; ‘People join us, our problem is your problem,’ ‘Teachers are imprisoned, extortionists are free,’
#Iran”
She also saluted the protesting teachers in cities across Iran, tweeting:

“Hail to protesting teachers in Tehran, Mashad, Kermanshah, Tabriz, Sanandaj, Yazd, Ourumieh, Qazvin, Karaj, Hamedan, Ardebil, Esfahan, Sari, Khoramabab, Rasht, Ilam, Mahabad, Shiraz & Arak who chanted ‘Imprisoned teachers must be freed” &“Workers, Teachers, Unite’ #Iran”

Iranian teachers took part in a number of protests last year, including multiple nationwide strikes, and their demands have been ignored by the regime. Many of the teachers responsible for organizing the protests have been arrested and imprisoned, and their colleagues have repeatedly called for their release, as well as the release of colleagues who have been imprisoned for their participation in labor unions.

 

The MEK supports fair labor practices for teachers and all workers and has called for the release of these political prisoners and an end to the repressive regime responsible for their imprisonment.

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Washington Times reflection of the NCRI-US press briefing

Former US Ambassador to Bahrain: “This is About Life and Death”

Washington Times reflection of the NCRI-US press briefing

The Washington Times published an article on the recent press briefing by the National Council of Resistance of Iran – U.S. representative office, on the Inner Workings of Tehran’s terror network.

The Washington Times published a piece on Wednesday, May 1, covering the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI’s) press conference in Washington D.C.

The Deputy Director of the NCRI’s US operations, Alireza Jafarzadeh, is quoted in the piece pushing for the US government to take a firmer stance against the bloody and violent Iranian regime. In the press conference, Jafarzadeh urged the United States to add the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) to its terror blacklist.

An Instrument of Terror

The MOIS has been behind many of the mullahs’ state-sponsored terror attacks planned across the globe. In 2018 alone, the Iranian regime orchestrated 10 separate terror attacks in countries like France, Albania and the US.

The MOIS uses diplomatic buildings in Europe as cover to send terror agents into the countries. In one incident last year, a diplomat working out of the regime’s Austrian embassy provided a Belgian-Iranian couple with explosive material. The couple’s target was the annual Grand Gathering of the largest Iranian opposition group in Paris.

“It is a clear sign of desperation. … The policy of [Iranian] appeasement had failed,” Jafarzadeh said. In response to increasing international isolation, the Iranian regime has increased its global terror activities.

“If [the U.S.] wants to fight terrorism, you designate the MOIS” as a terror organization, Jafarzadeh told reporters. Other notable terror groups on the US foreign terrorist organization (FTO) blacklist include al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, etc.

Progress Under Trump

The strong progress in Iran policy under Donald Trump has not been lost on the NCRI and the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK). The Trump administration has withdrawn the United States from the failing Iran nuclear deal, re-introduced economic sanctions, and listed the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.

These moves have restricted the regime’s cash flow and brought enormous pressure against the Iranian regime to return to the bargaining table.

This has been the objective according to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He told reporters, “We’re going to zero across the board. Our goal has been to get countries to cease importing Iranian oil altogether.”

A Matter of Life and Death

“This is not theoretical mumbo-jumbo, this is about life and death,” former US Ambassador to Bahrain Adam Ereli said on Wednesday. The Iranian regime’s persistent use of terror and intimidation as a tool of statecraft is a danger to global peace and stability.

The US must respond with strength and place the MOIS on its terror blacklist. Until it does so, it will continue to raise funds and coordinate devastating attacks across the West. It is a matter of life and death for every member of the Iranian opposition living abroad in exile, but also for the citizens of France, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, and the US, who are at risk of being caught up in a deadly Iranian terror attack.

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The NCRI Holds a Press Conference in Washington D.C. On the Iranian Terror Threat

The National Council of Resistance of Iran – U.S. Representative Office (NCRI-US) holds a press briefing to release a new book, Iran’s Emissaries of TerrorHow mullahs’ embassies run the network of espionage and murder.– May 1, 2019

On Wednesday, May 1, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) held a press conference at its Washington DC bureau to introduce its new book “Iran’s Emissaries of TerrorHow mullahs’ embassies run the network of espionage and murder”. The opposition group’s Deputy Director of the US operations, Alireza Jafarzadeh addressed journalists and briefed them on what the book cover, the Iranian regime terror threats in the U.S. and the EU.

He began by addressing the recent surge in Iranian state-sponsored terror operations in 2018. “There were 10 instances of terrorist operations in 2018,” he said, “a sharp surge compared to earlier years.”

In 2018 alone, the Iranian regime coordinated terror attacks or assassination attempts in France, the US, Albania, the Netherlands, and Denmark. The attacks were enough for the French and Albanian governments to expel Iranian diplomats. The US also arrested two Iranian agents accused of planning an attack against the People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK), an opposition pro-democracy group.

Centralized Power

Jafarzadeh went on to describe the Iranian power structure. “There are five major decision-makers in Iran, but ultimately everything boils down to the Supreme Leader, Khamenei,” he said. This includes the final say on the terror plots, the decision to send agents to abroad under the cover of journalists, and the decision to carry out assassinations against MEK members living abroad in exile.

“Embassies provide cover to the MOIS to allow them to exploit diplomatic immunity & diplomatic pouches in order to carry out terrorist attacks. When terrorists are caught, their job is to explain it away and get their terrorists back to Tehran,” Jafarzadeh explained.

Jafarzadeh explained how the Security Council in Iran, which includes the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and the Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, is responsible for coordinating terror plots alongside the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS).

“Zarif should have been arrested once he arrived in NYC because he has been involved in terrorist activity for years,” he said.

Previous Iranian foreign ministers have also been implicated in the state-sanctioned terror apparatus. Ali Akbar Velayati, the former foreign minister, is wanted for his involvement in coordinating terror plots in Europe and Argentina.

The Moderate Myth

The implication of the senior leadership of the Iranian regime in state-sponsored terror attacks exposes the myth of the regime moderates. In the West, Hassan Rouhani and Javad Zarif have been held up as moderate elements in the regime, worthy of US and European cooperation and support.

A so-called “moderate” would not sit on a Security Council whose sole purpose is to coordinate terror attacks on foreign soil. “Javad Zarif puts on a smiley face but his hands are bloody,” Jafarzadeh said at the press conference. “His job at the United Nations was to explain away the massacre of political prisoners. His job was to cover up the murders of the Iranian regime,” he added.

The Next Step

For Jafarzadeh and the NCRI, the next step in confronting the Iranian regime’s export of terrorism is for the United States to include the MOIS on the Foreign Terrorist Organization(FTO) list. He said this would send “a very strong message to the Iranian regime: if you sponsor terrorism, we are going to treat you like terrorists.”

Jafarzadeh concluded: “What we are calling for is closing the Iranian regime’s embassies. These diplomatic relations have allowed the regime to plot terrorist attacks and assassinations in the West.”

He added: “No country should be allowed to buy Iranian oil.” And called for the imposition of increasingly strict sanctions to deprive the regime of oil revenues to spend on its terrorist activities.

“But the real solution for the Iranian regime,” he said, “is not just sanctions. The real cure is regime change by the people of Iran.”

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Gallup Report Ranks Iran Under The Mullahs Among World’s Most Unhappy Countries

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Iran under the mullahs’ regime is among the saddest countries in the world today, based on Gallup report.

According to the 2019 Gallup Global Emotions Report, Iranians are among the most unhappy, stressed, and angry people in the world.

The annual report ranked Iran among the top five countries in terms of negative experiences. Iranians cited some of the highest levels of anger, worry, and stress among respondents in the 143 countries surveyed.

Four out of ten Iranians surveyed said that they worried on a daily basis, and three out of ten respondents said that they experienced constant stress.

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Rouhani’s record on violations of human rights during his tenure.

Economic Insecurity

The results of the Gallup report are disturbing but not at all surprising to those who are familiar with the situation in Iran under the mullahs’ regime. Widespread economic insecurity and a repressive government that denies its people basic freedoms and suppresses all dissent have left the Iranian people worried and angry.

80% of the population in Iran live below the poverty line, with many resorting to selling their organs to meet their families’ basic needs. Inflation continues to rise at alarming levels, and the price of goods has skyrocketed over the past year.

Unemployment is rampant across the country, affecting people from all sectors of society. 40% of the unemployed are university graduates. Those who have jobs may go for months without receiving wages. Workers who go on strike to protest unpaid wages have been arrested and in some cases even tortured at the hands of the regime.

Social Unrest

The people of Iran have responded to the economic crises and social repression in the country with widespread protests and calls for regime change. These protests have been met by brutal acts of suppression and crackdowns by regime forces, which have only increased public anger and unrest amongst the people. Iran’s prisons are overflowing with political dissidents, and regime officials recently bragged about arresting MEK members who have organized protests.

A Rising Suicide Rate

In this atmosphere, many Iranians have given up hope for the future. The regime’s state-run media have reported that the suicide rate in Iran is rising, particularly among the country’s youth.

The state-run Khabar Online website reports that “suicide rates in Iran are increasing in an astonishing way.”

The website went on to cite troubling statistics: “From 2011 to 2015, suicide rates increased 66% amongst women and 71% amongst men,” it stated.

“For years now, the media have not been given stats when it comes to suicide rates as relevant organizations refuse to publish them,” the report went on, adding that the suicide rate was also high amongst young people.

Regime authorities do not publish full and accurate statistics of suicide attempts or deaths in Iran, but the regime has acknowledged that the rise in suicides has reached “epidemic” proportions.

Reports from the MEK indicate that the dramatic increase in suicides is due to socioeconomic pressures in Iran. Under the mullahs’ rule, the Iranian people struggle to survive in a country with few freedoms and little hope for a better future. This is why the MEK and the Iranian Resistance are fighting for a free Iran.

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MEK, Iran: Teachers and Construction Workers Protest Unpaid Salaries and Widespread Unemployment

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Teacher’s and retired teachers protest in front of the Iranian regime’s Ministry of Education asking for their unpaid wages to be paid.

On Wednesday, April 24, teachers in Tehran turned out to protest their unpaid salaries and appalling living and working conditions. In a protest outside the Iranian Education Ministry’s buildings in Tehran, protestors chanted, “we want our reward and it’s our legal right”.

Simultaneously, in Baneh, in western Iran, construction workers took to the streets to protest rising insurance premiums and rampant unemployment.

An Economic Tragedy

Protests like these have been widespread in recent months. The endemic corruption and the Iranian regime’s mismanagement of the economy have created an economic crisis.

Inflation at the end of 2018 was up by 34.9% on the previous year’s levels. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) expected inflation to increase to 40% in 2019. There have been reports of families selling organs to keep food on the table and make ends meet.

Unemployment has also been rising and is expected to increase by a further 13 or 14% in 2019.

In the face of this economic hardship, the regime has done nothing to ease Iranians’ financial burdens. Instead of introducing policies to ease the hardship, it has plundered Iranian assets. Corruption and high import tariffs and tolls are further squeezing Iranian finances and increasing poverty.

Regime Manipulation

To avoid paying public workers a higher salary, the Iranian regime has manipulated poverty figures. The poverty line, under which Iranians were considered to be living in poverty, still sits at 3 million Tomans, despite rampant inflation.

The regime, in an attempt to keep wages low and manipulate poverty figures, has not changed the official poverty line. The equivalent poverty line in today’s terms, after accounting for inflation, would be applied to salaries of less than 6 million Tomans. The regime is unwilling to amend its definition as it would have to increase public sector pay.

“Before this, I received 2.7 million Tomans since I had two children but in the new contract, my salary was reduced to 1.5 million Tomans,” a worker from Nishapur said.

A Rising Protest Movement

While the regime buries its head in the sand and the economic crisis worsens, the opposition movement is growing stronger. Protests organized by the People’s Mujahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK) have swept across the country and spread to all sectors of Iranian society.

This week, it was teachers and construction workers. Next week it could be pensioners, students, factory workers, farmers, truck drivers and taxi drivers taking to the street. Nobody is exempt from the grip of poverty.

In the final weeks of 2018, there were protests almost every day from workers demanding unpaid salaries and protesting appalling working and living conditions.

The status quo cannot continue. The Iranian people must make their voices heard and say enough is enough.

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Zarif and Alavi during Tehran's security conference

Tsarism Op-Ed Challenges the Regime’s Claim of “116 Resistance Units” Arrested

Zarif and Alavi during Tehran's security conference

Regime’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif and regime’s Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi, during a security conference in Iran. A close relationship between the two Ministries both inside and outside Iran

Tsarism, a news and analysis site, published an op-ed on the Iranian intelligence minister’s claim that the regime has arrested and “dealt with” 116 resistance units. The announcement came after the US State Department announced the inclusion of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) on its terror blacklist.

The regime has been rallying around its IRGC in recent weeks, with regime officials turning up to a parliamentary session wearing IRGC uniforms in a gesture of solidarity. It has also attempted to downplay the listing, asserting that the foreign terror organization (FTO) listing would not impact the group.

Dealing with 116 MEK Resistance Units

In an attempt to boost the morale of the IRGC and other repressive units, the Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi announced during Friday prayers last week that the regime had arrested and “dealt with” 166 resistance units as part of “national security efforts”.

He said: “Over the past year, we have confronted 116 [resistance] units affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization [the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK / PMOI)].” He claimed that this crackdown had come from the regime’s Supreme Leader Khamenei himself.

An Underestimation

Following the announcement, the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI), the umbrella organization of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (MEK), claimed that Alavi’s estimate was an underrepresentation of the true figure. It asserted that the number of arrests was far higher than those Alavi claimed, suggesting that he may have omitted units and MEK members arrested by the IRGC’s Intelligence and Information Protection branches.

The President-elect of the Iranian opposition, Maryam Rajavi called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to arrange for an international delegation to visit the arrested activists currently detained in Iranian regime prisons. Alongside her calls, the MEK and NCRI published a list of prisoners currently in regime custody.

The Iranian opposition and the MEK have long called on the international community to scrutinize the Iranian regime’s arbitrary arrests and torture against political dissidents. Following the nationwide uprisings that broke out at the end of 2017 and early days of 2018, 14 prisoners died in regime custody. Many died during torturous interrogations.

More Determined Than Ever

Despite the daily persecution and constant threat of arrest, MEK resistance units are more committed than ever to confronting the regime and challenging its reign of tyranny and violence. On April 18, resistance units set fire to IRGC bases across Iran.

The op-ed assessed that “the resistance units are one of the most important parts of the Iranian people’s revolution, and they are playing their historical role in various methods.”

It concluded: “By organizing and leading the Iranian uprising in an effective manner, resistance units are injecting hope and new life into society.”

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Maryam Rajavi: The Complementary Step is Designating Other Organs of Repression,Expelling MOIS and IRGC Agents from US and Europe

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Secretary Pompeo, during the State Department Press Conference, emphasizing that U.S. Will Not Renew Sanction Waivers to Countries that Import Oil from Iran- April 22, 2019

U.S. Will Not Renew Sanction Waivers to Countries that Import Oil from Iran

On Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo held a press conference in which he announced that the United States government will no longer issue waivers to countries that import oil from Iran exempting them from sanctions.

Exemptions for Japan, South Korea, Turkey, China, and India are set to expire on May 2nd and will not be renewed, according to Secretary Pompeo. These countries will face U.S. sanctions if they continue importing oil from Iran after that date.

The decision follows the recent designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) by the United States. The FTO designation makes it illegal to provide financial support, equipment, materials, or professional advice to any entities or organizations affiliated with the IRGC. Anyone found in violation may face civil and/or criminal prosecution.

The resumption of economic sanctions against the Iranian regime, the FTO designation, and the end of oil exemptions are all part of the Trump administration’s tough stance on the mullahs’ regime. The change in policy ends a longstanding policy of appeasement to the mullahs and has placed serious economic and political pressure on the Iranian regime.

Statement from the White House

The White House issued a statement in advance of Pompeo’s press conference, explaining its decision. The full text may be read below:

“President Donald J. Trump has decided not to reissue Significant Reduction Exceptions (SREs) when they expire in early May. This decision is intended to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue. The United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, three of the world’s great energy producers, along with our friends and allies, are committed to ensuring that global oil markets remain adequately supplied. We have agreed to take timely action to assure that global demand is met as all Iranian oil is removed from the market.

“The Trump Administration and our allies are determined to sustain and expand the maximum economic pressure campaign against Iran to end the regime’s destabilizing activity threatening the United States, our partners and allies, and security in the Middle East. The President’s decision to eliminate all SREs follows the designation of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a Foreign Terrorist Organization, demonstrating the United States commitment to disrupting Iran’s terror network and changing the regime’s malign behavior. We welcome the support of our friends and allies for this effort.​”

Maryam Rajavi’s Response

Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), welcomed the decision in a tweet, writing:

“Oil is a national treasure and must be put in the service of the Iranian people’s welfare and advancement. But the mullahs either plunder it or spend it on suppression and exporting terrorism and war.
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She also described measures that the international community could take to support the Iranian people and end the religious dictatorship.

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Mrs. Rajavi also urged the international community to take action to visit political prisoners in Iran and to call for their release in light of recent comments from the regime’s Minister of Intelligence in which he claimed that the regime had “dealt with” 118 MEK teams in the past year.

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Alireza Jafarzadeh

Deputy Director of the NCRI’s US Office Examines the IRGC’s FTO Designation

Alireza Jafarzadeh

Alireza Jafarzadeh during an NCRI press conference in Washington on 27 April 2017. During this conference, Jafarzadeh based on first-hand information exposed the continuation of the Iranian regime’s nuclear activities despite the nuclear agreement by the IRGC affiliated officials in SPND.

Alireza Jafarzadeh of the National Council of Resistance of Iran penned an op-ed in the Washington Examiner on Sunday, April 21. Entitled ‘Iran’s guard gets a long-overdue but much-deserved terrorist designation’, the piece examines the Iranian regime’s Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) and analyses the recent designation of the group as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) by the US State Department.

Jafarzadeh began by welcoming the designation. “This is a major step towards effectively countering Tehran’s systemic use of terrorism as a tool of statecraft,” he said.

The IRGC Meets the State Department’s Criteria

In order for an entity to be eligible for inclusion in the US government’s terror blacklist, it must meet the State Department’s criteria:

  • It must be a foreign organization.
  • It must engage in acts of terrorism or retain the capability and intent to engage in acts of terror.
  • It must threaten American nationals or the national security of the United States.

Jafarzedah states that IRGC adequately meets these three criteria. “It is the core apparatus of repression, the primary driver of war and export of terrorism, and it runs Iran’s nuclear weapons and missile projects,” he writes.

The Move was Welcomed by the Iranian Opposition

The People’s Mujahedin Organization of Iran (MEK) and the leader of the opposition, President-elect Maryam Rajavi, have long called for the IRGC’s inclusion on the US terror blacklist. Following the announcement, Mrs. Rajavi issued a statement praising the US’s response to a “long-standing and righteous demand of the Iranian Resistance.”

She called the designation an “urgent and necessary step to end war and terrorism throughout the region and the world.”

Hard Realizations

Jafarzadeh also examined the response from Tehran. He asserted that the mullahs’ “realize that from this point on, they will have drastically less room to mount terror operations and act with impunity.”

The regime has already demonstrated that it lacks the resources and mechanisms to contain uprisings and public protest. At the tail end of 2017 and into 2018, the MEK-led national uprising quickly spread across all 31 Iranian provinces and hit all of Iran’s major towns and cities.

The regime relied on the IRGC’s suppressive tactics to restore order and maintain its grip on power. With the IRGC severely weakened by the FTO designation and with constrained financial resources, should another uprising emerge, the regime will find its vital repressive organ stretched beyond its capabilities? “In short, Tehran is much weaker now than it was a year or so ago,” Jafarzadeh writes.

“The foreign terrorist organization designation gives U.S. officials an additional tool for prosecuting Americans who help the Iranian regime,” he continues. But beyond the financial limitations and reduced international support, the designation also scores a major psychological victory over the IRGC.

It demoralizes the IRGC forces and their proxies abroad. It shows them that they are not on the winning side. “The designation should also boost the morale of Iranians, who detest the Guard,” Jafarzadeh adds.

It will also resonate across the rest of the world. The designation will prompt second thoughts from European companies considering doing business with the IRGC.

Jafarzadeh concludes:

“The next step is to identify all Guard affiliate entities and subject them to sanctions. The foreign terrorist organization designation strikes a major blow to the terror apparatus of the regime. Tehran’s terrorists and those who enable them can finally be made to pay the price.”

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