As Donald Trump met with Kim Jong Un last week, Iran’s propaganda network went into overdrive to criticise Trump and reach out to Kim
The Iranian Regime’s official spokesperson, Mohammad Bagher Nobakht, even went so far as to say: “We don’t know what type of person the North Korean leader is negotiating with.
It is not clear that he would not cancel the agreement before returning home.”
It’s obvious that Iran seeks to derail this summit, but why is Iran so determined to undermine the deal? After all, the Regime has frequently claimed that they are not building nuclear weapons and that they oppose them for religious grounds. Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei even issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons. It’s certainly strange for a Regime that is opposed to nuclear weapons to try to derail a nuclear disarmament summit.
Of course, the truth is that the Iranian Regime is not opposed to nuclear weapons. There is plenty of evidence to show that the Regime has been working towards an atomic bomb, even sharing information with other rogue states like North Korea. Additionally, Khamenei has said that countries who surrender their nuclear programme are acting irrationally, citing Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi as an example.
Dr. Majid Rafizadeh, who is president of the International American Council, wrote: “Khamenei’s fatwa was most likely the exploitation of religion in order to conduct a tactical and political move, while hiding Iran’s nuclear ambitions. In addition, Iran’s opposition to such a historic agreement for nuclear disarmament suggests that Tehran is against denuclearization of the Korean peninsula and the advancement of peace, security and stability across the world. Furthermore, Iran’s strong opposition to the rapprochement between the US and North Korea is due to several other reasons.”
The Iranian Regime has no wish to see the Singapore summit succeed, as the mullahs have been following North Korea’s nuclear model for a long time and are unwilling to give up the partnership that could help Iran obtain the bomb.
After all, North Korea has been conducting nuclear tests without foreign intervention and using its nuclear programme to further its ambitions for decades now. Furthermore, they were one of the only countries that might come to Iran’s aid if the international community cracked down on it. This treaty means an end to that.
Of course, Iranian interference won’t stop the US from trying to secure a non-nuclear North Korea, but there is still the issue of how to stop Iran from interfering.
Well, that would be achieved by supporting the Iranian people’s call for regime change. If the US wants to stop the mullahs, they should consider sending a delegation to the Free Iran gathering in Paris on June 30, where National Security Advisor John Bolton spoke last year.