By Abdollah Pakatchi
A new round of talks between Iran and six world powers ended up on Friday May 16th, in Vienna. As one of the Iranian negotiators said the talks “made no progress “over the future of Iran’s nuclear program. Further meetings are planned for June. These talks, held every few weeks, do not seem to have changed the Iranian mullahs’ desire to obtain atomic weapon. The question is, can the six world powers really persuade Iranian regime to surrender its nuclear projects?
As the west was excited to continue negotiations with the Iranian regime, Reuters reported of a confidential new report by a U.N. panel highlighting “Iran’s methods of evading sanctions – from concealing titanium tubes inside steel pipes to using its petrochemical industry as a cover to obtain items for a heavy-water nuclear reactor. “ Some experts also believed that, “Iran cannot be trusted.”
What is really behind these nuclear talks? Can we really expect that Rouhani’s smiles will soften Iran’s relations with the west? Meanwhile we hear voices from Iran talking about striking back at US. The commander of Iran’s IRGC Navy has said recently, “The Iranian Navy has been training how to destroy U.S. vessels for several years using replicas.” This was followed by Khamenei’s recent talks about continuing the battle until;” the society can get rid of the oppressors’ front with America at the head of it.”
The nuclear talks held in Geneva last February started new conflicts within the Iranian regime. The motto behind these talks apparently is that the Iranian regime is trying to acquire atomic weapons and the west trying to contain it. Can these talks really counter the threats this regime poses to the world? The answer, so far, has been negative. The Iranian regime has continued cheating its way to nuclear capability, even while it is carrying on negotiations or signing agreements.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, in her recent speech before the Canadian parliament, counted those threats as, “the Iranian regime’s four threats, namely: nuclear, terrorism, provocations, and particularly the regime’s systematic violation of human rights”
After numerous similar talks, it has now become apparent, as some observers confirm, that the Iranian regime‘s hesitant gesture is to buy time and to secretly continue its nuclear projects. Meanwhile, the Iranian regime fears to be encountered with questions about the widespread violations of human rights in Iran.
The Iranian regime is now deeply engulfed in internal economic and political crises. What most frightens the mullahs is that new mass uprisings may occur as the Iranian resistance is getting stronger than ever. This is the phobia, that more than any time before, has disintegrated Iran‘s ruling system. The twofold arguments within the Iranian government and parliament over the nuclear talks, reveal the divisions.
Although the nuclear talks are making first headlines, they are not everything for this regime. What is the vital question for the mullahs is how to curb the Iranian resistance which is threatening to topple this regime, especially when Iran’s economy is on the verge of bankruptcy.
The Iranian resistance led by Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, who is based in Paris now, has already become known in numerous arenas. Many famous political, legal as well as academic personalities, including American and European parliamentarians have expressed their support for the resistance and the need for regime change in Iran. The increasing support for this resistance by the Iranians living abroad has been alarming for the regime.
Each year at the beginning of summer, the Iranian resistance holds its annual meeting in Paris. Last year meeting’s attraction of more than 100,000 Iranians showed Mojahedin‘s massive support among Iranians living in exile. The fact that the real base of the resistance are the Iranians inside Iran, brings up the idea that for each individual attending these meetings abroad , at least ten people would join an assumed meeting inside the country. The annual meeting of the Iranian resistance this year, with the motto of “All for Freedom”, will be held on June 27th, at villepinte exhibition center, in Paris.
None of the numerous rounds of nuclear talks included any member of the Iranian resistance, but this resistance with its strong weight inside and outside Iran, has become an effective party in Iran’s political arena. The recent divisions inside Iranian regime, even within Khamenei‘s faction, show the regime’s continuing weakness. What a London newspaper, the Guardian, recently wrote may not be far from reality: “The unique system of Islamic governance created by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Islamic Republic’s éminence grise, may be tested to breaking point.”