The Iranian-American Communities in the United States held a bi-partisan conference in Washington D.C. on October 28 to examine the Iranian regime’s malign activities, notably their nuclear program and their spread of terrorism, as well as their president Ebrahim Raisi’s role in the 1988 massacre in Iran.
The event was attended by a number of American politicians, with Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) addressing participants via a video message. Many of the participants of the event echoed the continued calls for Raisi and the rest of the regime to be held accountable for their malign activities.
Maryam Rajavi began her address stating that the Iranian people are willing and ready for the regime’s overthrow and urged the international community to stand with them. She said, “The Iranian people have clearly demonstrated their demands and their resolve for change. They reject the regime in its entirety.”
In regards to Iran’s nuclear issue, she stated that the current policy of ignoring the regime’s blatant violations of the terms of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) needs to be abandoned. The lack of action has allowed the regime to use nuclear talks as a means to distract the international community from its human rights abuses and its acts of terrorism across the Middle East.
Mike Pence, the former Vice President of the United States discussed the steps that the US took during his tenure to try and control the regime, such as imposing tough sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Iran’s oil exports to limit the regime’s revenue, to launching a campaign of pressure to punish the regime for their human rights abuses.
He also discussed the dire state of the economy, from the high inflation rates to the extreme poverty that Iranians are suffering from. He expressed that the regime is currently at its weakest and society is desperately ready for change.
He described the Resistance units in Iran as ‘the engine for change from within’ and ‘the center of hope for the Iranian people’, and urged that the American people are firmly on the side of the Iranian people and their Resistance.
Pence ended his speech stating, “We know that Iran can be a great nation once again. We know the rich history of Iran, which stretches back to time immemorial, is the story of a people who have made great contributions to art, music, literature, science, and commerce – and we know that story is far from over.”
Addressing the Iranian people, U.S. Senator Joe Lieberman said, “You have a platform for the next great chapter of Iranian Persian history of values that are totally consistent with American values. You have a plan for the governance of Iran after this regime collapses. You have a courageous and inspirational leader, Madam Maryam Rajavi.”
Michael Mukasey, the 81st U.S. Attorney General stated, “The only way to end the regime’s conduct is to end the regime itself.”
He suggested that by using the tools that the international powers have, such as continuing pressure on the regime through sanctions, refusing to be fooled by the dishonesty of the mullahs’ in regards to their nuclear program, and by holding the regime criminals accountable for their crimes, will be useful in helping to bring down the regime once and for all.