U.S. Treasury Chief: We Will Ramp up Pressure on Iran’s Regime
US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
United States Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Monday the U.S. would increase economic pressure on Iran's regime over its nuclear program, making the pledge during a Middle East trip that includes visits to U.S. allies Israel and Saudi Arabia.
Sanctions reimposed on the Iranian regime by President Donald Trump after he withdrew Washington from world powers’ 2015 nuclear pact with Tehran have dried up Iranian oil revenues and cut Iranian banks’ ties to the financial world.
“We have executed on a maximum pressure campaign for sanctions. They have worked, they are working, they are cutting off the money,” Mnuchin told reporters in a press conference on Monday, October 28, 2019.
“We will continue to ramp up, more, more, more,” he said.
The Iranian regime's nuclear weapons program remained secret until 2002 when the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI) held a press conference revealing a uranium enrichment facility at Natanz and a heavy water plant at Arak.
Those revelations, based on information provided by the social network of the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK), triggered an investigation by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that eventually brought the regime's nuclear file before the UN Security Council for punitive sanctions.
The earliest revelations by the NCRI of the regime's nuclear projects date back to 1991, but these fell on deaf ears in the West. Since 2002, the NCRI has held dozens of press conferences revealing various top-secret nuclear sites and information about key personnel involved in the regime's nuclear projects.
In 2003, the NCRI exposed an enrichment project at the Lashgar-Abad site near Karaj. After an inspection by the IAEA in 2004, it was discovered that work was being done at the site on a laser enrichment project.
In 2004, the NCRI disclosed the existence of a nuclear facility at Lavizan (Lavizan II) and enrichment-related activity at the Parchin site. In 2008, the NCRI exposed a command and development center for nuclear weapons at the Mojdeh site, along with its various components, which included laser enrichment. In 2010, the NCRI exposed details of a nuclear enrichment site at the Abyek site.
In 2012, the NCRI exposed secret details of the role of the regime’s Revolutionary Guards in its nuclear weapons projects.
The NCRI's political platform rejects nuclear weapons or technology being pursued in Iran, and Mrs. Rajavi's 10-point plan for a future Iran specifically states: "We want the free Iran of tomorrow to be devoid of nuclear weapons and weapons of mass destruction."