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Maryam Rajavi’s message to U.S. Congress briefing

NCRI – Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, on Friday addressed via video message a briefing organized at the U.S. House of Representatives on the ‘Iran deal’ last week and the regime’s human rights record and regional meddling.

Mrs. Rajavi called for a new decisive policy vis-a-vis the Iranian regime that includes:

1 – Blocking all the pathways and loopholes which enable the mullahs to obtain the bomb.
2 – Recognizing the Iranian people’s desire to topple the religious fascism in Iran and to establish democracy and a popular rule.
3 – Expelling the Iranian regime, its revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), and the terrorist Quds Force from the region, especially from Iraq and Syria.

In addition to Mrs. Rajavi, a bi-partisan panel of Members of Congress, former officials and foreign policy, Middle East and military experts addressed the briefing which was entitled: “Halting Iran’s Nuclear Bomb Quest, Rights Abuses and Regional Meddling – Challenges & Options.”

Below is the video clip and full text of Mrs. Rajavi’s remarks to the event
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6L030ZfzVg

Text of remarks by Maryam Rajavi – Briefing at the US House of Representatives, July 24, 2015:

Dear friends,

I would like to first of all appreciate the friendship and support that members of the U.S. Congress have offered to my oppressed compatriots across the country. I would also like to thank you for your support and solidarity with the combatants of freedom at Camp Liberty, Iraq.

Lately, the clerical regime has stepped up violations of human rights in Iran.

It has dramatically intensified executions including public executions.

It has been attacking and harassing political prisoners, on the one hand and on the other, it has stepped-up the inhumane siege of Camp Liberty.

Starting a few weeks ago and on the eve of the nuclear agreement, we officially warned the U.S. Secretary of State, the U.N. Secretary General and other officials involved that the Iranian regime had demanded the government of Iraq to intensify its repressive measures and the siege on Camp Liberty.

We urged the officials’ intervention to prevent this situation, but they have not adopted any measures in this regard.

In fact, the mullahs capitulated to the nuclear agreement out of total weakness.

Growing popular opposition to the regime, the Resistance’s disclosures against the regime, and the impact of international sanctions compelled them to come to the negotiating table.

In the first hours after the announcement of the nuclear agreement between the mullahs and the P5+1, groups of people took to the streets of Tehran demanding freedom, citizen rights and freedom of political prisoners.

Contrary to the propaganda of the Iranian regime and its lobbies in the West, the Iranian people oppose the mullahs’ nuclear program.

The mullahs’ claim that the nuclear program is considered a national pride is a great lie.

We are proud of exposing the mullahs’ nuclear weapons program and will continue to do so, because it is absolutely against the interests of the Iranian people.

Simultaneous with the nuclear agreement, and in addition to the violation of human rights and suppression of Camp Liberty, the Iranian regime has expanded and intensified its meddling in the region.

On July 18, Khamenei said whether or not the agreement is ratified, we will not abandon supporting our friends in the region, in Syria, Iraq, Bahrain, Lebanon and Palestine.

He added: The U.S. policies in the region are 180 degrees different from those of the Islamic Republic.

The message is very clear: Continued and stepped-up killing of the people in Syria, Iraq and other countries in the region.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today, after two years, we have an agreement before us, which should not have violated six UN Security Council resolutions.

It should have pursued dismantling the illegal nuclear program of the mullahs’ regime and left no opportunity for mullahs to engage once again in deception.

Nevertheless, this reluctant retreat by the clerical regime, which violated a number of Khamenei’s redlines, will upset the regime’s balance and undermine the religious dictatorship.

It will intensify the regime’s internal crisis in all respects.

In light of the Iranian regime’s weaknesses and crises, if the P5+1 had adopted a decisive policy, the regime would have had no choice but to abandon its nuclear projects all together.

However, the biggest weakness in this agreement and the outcome of the policy of appeasement vis-a-vis the Iranian regime is silence on the issue of human rights and repression in Iran and the mullahs’ hegemonic ambitions in the region.

But history has shown that appeasing fascist regimes will have catastrophic consequences.

Neither appeasing this regime, nor investing in its internal factions offers a solution.

War is not the alternative to appeasement.

The alternative is regime change in Iran by the Iranian people and their resistance.

This is the only guarantee for resolving the mullahs’ nuclear crisis.

As such, in the present circumstances, we stress on the need for a responsible, decisive policy vis-a-vis the Iranian regime, the most serious regional and global threat today.

The elements of this policy are:

First, blocking all the pathways and loopholes which enable the mullahs to obtain the bomb.

Second, recognizing the Iranian people’s desire to topple the religious fascism in Iran and to establish democracy and a popular rule.

Third, expelling the Iranian regime, its revolutionary Guards Corps, and the terrorist Quds Force from the entire region, especially from Iraq and Syria.

I would like to use this opportunity to express my gratitude for the efforts of, and positions taken by, the honorable members of the U.S. Congress in defense of the Iranian Resistance members in Camp Liberty and in defense of the Iranian people’s human rights and freedom as well as your efforts to dismantle the ominous and anti-Iranian nuclear program of the mullahs regime and confronting terrorism and regional aggressive policies.

Thank you and God bless you all.