Resolving Iran’s nuclear program requires firmness

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

Iran, April 8, 2021—The Joint Commission of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), assembled on Tuesday, March 6 in Vienna. Representatives of the Iranian regime and other signatories of the deal gathered to discuss a “breakthrough.”

“This week’s meetings are complex affairs, with both Washington and Tehran taking maximalist positions amid many diplomatic obstacles. The United States and Iran, for starters, are not even speaking face to face,” the Washington Times wrote.

Reuters wrote, “Neither Washington nor Tehran say they expect any quick breakthroughs from the talks.”

Involved in countless economic, social, and economic crisis, the regime has ended up in a deadlock. It is in desperate need of sanctions relief. And yet it does not want to back down on any of its illicit behaviors because it would spell its doom.

Reacting to Vienna’s discussions on the Iranian regime’s nuclear program, Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), said “The Iranian Resistance welcomes any efforts to prevent the mullahs’ regime from obtaining a nuclear bomb and the regime’s nuclear program is to the detriment of the Iranian people.”

Mohaddessin emphasized that procuring or obtaining nuclear weapons is a vital pillar of the Iranian regime’s survival strategy.

The regime has sought nuclear weapons to exert its hegemonic designs on neighboring countries and blackmail foreign interlocutors into securing economic and political concessions and accepting its rogue behavior and continuation of the suppression of the Iranian people.

The Iranian Resistance’s revelation of the Natanz uranium enrichment site and the Arak Heavy Water facility in August 2002 and subsequent revelations unveiled the extent to which the regime’s clandestine nuclear weapons work had advanced and triggered IAEA inspections and ensuing measures by the United Nations Security Council. Without it, the mullahs would have had the bomb by now.

Back in 2015, when the JCPOA was signed, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, stressed, “Circumventing the six UN Security Council resolutions and an unsigned agreement, which lacks the requirements of an official international treaty, would block neither the mullahs’ pathways to deception nor their access to a nuclear bomb.”

After six years, it is universally accepted that the JCPOA did not dissuade the regime from obtaining a nuclear bomb. The mullahs spent the financial windfall resulting from lifting the sanctions to arm, train, and finance their proxies in the Middle East, renew their terrorist plots on European soil, advance and expand their ballistic missile program, continue their nuclear program, and suppress the Iranian people.

If the past is prologue, no amount of political or economic concessions under any pretext will moderate this regime’s behavior. Denial, deception, and duplicity are part of its DNA.

Since 2015 the Iranian regime not only has intensified suppression back home but also increased its terrorism in Europe. In February 2021, following two-and-half years of investigation, a court in Belgium convicted a regime’s diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, and three of his accomplices for trying to bomb the annual gathering of the NCRI in a suburb of Paris in June 2018, where tens of thousands were present. The “diplomat” acted on behalf of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security with the full cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This brazen act of terrorism was in no small part facilitated by the West’s penchant to remain silent about the regime’s provocative behavior.

Therefore, in any negotiations with Tehran, respecting human rights and ceasing terrorism must be front and center. Concessions to the regime will only make a bad situation worse.

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