The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) recently reported that the Iranian regime leaders were looking forward to the new United States administration, following the inauguration of President Joe Biden earlier this year.
The Iranian opposition said: “Even before taking office, President Joe Biden had expressed his interest in the United States rejoining the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) [Iran Nuclear deal]. The Iranian regime was pinning its hopes on this, looking forward to sanctions relief and less pressure.”
On the contrary, it appears that that US lawmakers are calling on the administration to put further pressure on the regime. According to the Iranian opposition, Michael McCaul, a member of the US House of Representative Foreign Affairs Committee, and Democratic representative of Congress from New Jersey, Josh Gottheimer had written a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken calling on the administration to work towards an improved and more complete and thorough agreement with Iran.
The Iranian opposition said: “In their letter, they said that the deal does not and has never ‘sufficiently’ ensured that Iran does not obtain a nuclear weapon. Rather, the agreement gave the Iranian regime access to huge funds through sanctions relief. Iran, in exchange, only had to limit certain aspects of its nuclear program on a temporary basis.”
The US lawmakers wrote that Iran’s non-nuclear activities must be taken into account, including the ballistic missiles and destabilizing activities across the region and also of concern is the regime’s human rights abuses and violations, and the deceptive financial practices.
The MEK said, “The letter also calls on the US administration to ensure that Iran is held accountable for its undermining of peace and stability in the regime and its nuclear enrichment.”
In another report, the NCRI held a press briefing to share new details about two ballistic missile sites in Western Iran, under the control of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The briefing, led by NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee member, Ali Safavi, and attended by many counter-terrorism professionals, discussed detailed information of these missile sites, as provided by the MEK network.
Mr Safavi said: “As you are aware after Qassem Soleimani was killed in Iraq…Khamenei ordered the IRGC to launch a missile attack on the Ain al-Assad base in Anbar province in western Iraq. The regime never stated exactly from where the missile strikes were launched.”
The MEK said that according to the information received from their sources inside Iran, the attacks were carried out from these two missile sites, which are located about 2-3km apart from each other outside of Kermanshah on two sides of a mountain, connected by underground tunnels.
Safavi noted that Panj Pelleh [one of the sites] is in a ‘strategic sport for housing and launching the missiles towards potential targets’. The site is completely enclosed and residents are forbidden from entering the area. Soldiers guarding the perimeter are replaced every two months.
The other site, the Konesht Canyon site is ‘one of the IRGC’s underground missile centres and is strategically placed for this purpose’.