The attention of the international community is remaining focused on the Iranian regime’s nuclear program, as well as the possible restoration of the 2015 nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The terms of the JCPOA were meant to keep Iran’s nuclear program in check, but the regime continues to violate the terms of the original agreement. With all the international focus on the nuclear program, the talks of the mullahs’ other malign activities are barely existent, which is only adding to the regime’s sense of impunity.
All those activities are expected to accelerate in the coming weeks and months, as the agenda of the regime’s President Ebrahim Raisi gets underway. That agenda would have dire consequences for Western interests, global security, and especially the welfare of the Iranian people.
Last Thursday, Mohammad Eslami, the new head of the regime’s Atomic Energy Organization marked Internation Atomic Energy Agency inspectors as ‘unprofessional’ and accused the IAEA of being ‘hung up on insignificant old issues’, even though he acknowledged that the surveillance cameras in one of Iran’s nuclear facilities had been purposely removed.
Such actions, accompanied by rhetoric that portrays the regime as the victim of Western ‘arrogance’, are indicative of the regime’s sense of freedom from consequence. The forthcoming IAEA meeting came shortly after the release of the agency’s quarterly report on Iran’s nuclear program and the status of the nuclear agreement.
The report has highlighted just how much the program has advanced in the space of about three months, including how Tehran’s stockpile of 20 percent enriched uranium has increased from 62.8kg to 84.3kg. The regime has also refused to provide adequate answers as to why traces of nuclear activity have been discovered at three undeclared sites in Iran.
Even with these latest violations of the regime’s nuclear deal agreements, they have faced no new sanctions. The regime has previously rejected any new proposals regarding the restoration of the JCPOA, instead insisting that all US sanctions should be removed.
President-elect of the NCRI, Maryam Rajavi spoke following Ebrahim Raisi’s presidential inauguration in August and referred to the new administration as ‘the embodiment of four decades of mullahs’ religious dictatorship and terrorism’.
She also pointed out that many of the officials in Raisi’s administration are under sanctions from the United States and the European Union for their past criminal activities. As for Raisi himself, he was one of the leading perpetrators of the 1988 massacre, during which 30,000 political prisoners were executed over 3 months for pledging allegiance to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). No one has ever been held accountable for the atrocities of that fateful summer.
Since it became clear that he would be installed to the presidency by the regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, the Iranian Resistance has been calling out for Western powers to finally demand accountability from Raisi and from the regime for the incident that experts have described as the worst crime against humanity since World War II.
The entire regime has been hidden under a bubble of impunity, and international authorities have done nothing to burst it. The European Union, especially, has only encouraged the regime’s sense of immunity by sending a European delegation to Raisi’s inauguration last month, despite the outcries from the Iranian people to hold him accountable for his crimes against humanity.
If the international community expects the regime to engage in serious negotiations, it must demonstrate that the cost of not doing so is too high, because Tehran’s impunity is finally at an end.