The problem here is that the Iranian Regime is incapable of reform, despite what some Western leaders have promised. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) could never have delivered those promises, because the Iranian Regime would not have made any meaningful changes to their policy, which is predicated on expansionism.
Thankfully, the US has now withdrawn from this fatal deal and is preparing to tackle Iran with its eyes open to the reality of the mullahs. This means intense sanctions designed to bring Iran back to the negotiating table and stop their disastrous impact on the world at large.
Not only is this a wiser foreign policy, but it also helps the Iranian people who are openly calling for regime change in the streets and telling the West not to trust the mullahs.
In December 2017, protests sprung up across Iran that was initially focused on a budget that slashed subsidies for the poor in favour of increased military spending. These protests quickly took on other issues and became the anti-regime uprising that is still happening across Iran today.
In their chants, the Iranian people highlighted for the West that the Regime’s interventionism was destroying the Middle East and bankrupting the Iranian economy and addressed a wide range of problems facing Iran. The people are so desperate that they’ve openly called for the resignation of key regime members and the death of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, an offence punishable by death.
The Iranian people also wanted the JCPOA to end, advising that the money that the mullahs reaped from it has only bolstered the suppressive security forces who attack Iranians for the smallest of infractions, like peaceful protests and wearing ripped jeans.
The Iranian people never benefitted from the nuclear deal, instead the money was seized by the mullahs to fill their war chest.
Cutting off the mullahs’ access to the money will only increase the ability of the Iranian people to fight back against their oppressors and bring peace to the country. This is something that the mullahs are terrified of, as you can see from senior ayatollah Javadi Amoli’s recent comments to the Iranian labour minister in a meeting about the failing economy.
He said: “If there will be an uprising, all of us will be thrown into the sea… we have nowhere to escape to.”
But the Iranian people are prepared for an uprising, with Maryam Rajavi, President of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), advising that regime change is wanted by the majority of Iranian who was peace and democracy.
Dr Paul Monaghan, an expert in Middle East politics, wrote: “Supporting efforts to build representative democracy, peace and prosperity for the ordinary people of Iran isn’t just consistent with Western values; it’s not even just the right thing to do; it’s also good policy for building a secure future for everyone if the JCPOA collapses, and hopefully take Iran’s nuclear ambitions with it…The alternative is to do nothing and risk everything.”