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International Community Should Take Firm Action Against Iran’s Regime, as IRGC Unveils New Missiles

The Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) unveiled its new missiles and drones during its recent maneuver in central Iran on Friday. Unveiling ballistic missiles and suicide drones confirm the regime’s persistence on terrorism and how the mullahs waste Iran’s national wealth to achieve their malign goals.

This military exhibition once again debunks bogus claims of the regime and its apologists that Iran’s economic crisis is due to international sanctions.

The IRGC bragged about its military capabilities two weeks after the deadly drone attack on Aden airport, where at least 26 people died. Yemeni authorities accused Iran-backed Houthis of conducting this attack. Yemeni Prime Minister Maeen Abdul Malik Saeed said the regime’s experts plotted this attack.

Exporting terrorism and chaos abroad is part of the regime’s survival strategy. The regime has been directly conducting terrorist attacks or indirectly spreading terrorism by funding and arming terrorist proxy groups such as Lebanese Hezbollah and Yemen’s Houthis. Also, the regime has been propping up Bashar-al Assad’s dictatorship in Syria since 2011. While many regime officials, such as Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, have tried to justify Tehran’s presence in Syria under the banner of “fighting ISIS,” the regime’s forces led by Qassem Soleimani, the eliminated chief of the IRGC Quds Force, went to Syria only to keep Assad in power.

Iran FM Javad Zarif, and Chieftain terrorist Qassem Soleimani, two side of the same coin

Mahmoud Chaharbaghi, commander of the IRGC artillery in Syria, on January 2, said: “The Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei] told General Soleimani to go and protect Bashar al-Assad. Soleimani’s mission was to prevent the overthrow of Bashar al-Assad’s government in Syria. There was no ISIS at that time. It was Bashar al-Assad’s opponents who had revolted. ISIS emerged later.”

The regime wasted billions of dollars of Iranian people’s wealth on supporting Assad’s regime. In an interview with the state-run Etemad Online, Heshmatullah Falahatpisheh, a former top lawmaker, on May 20, 2020, said: “I went to Syria, some people said I made up some expenses, but I repeat, we may have given Syria $20 to $30 billion, and we have to take it back.”

Despite global condemnation of the regime’s state-sponsored terrorism, its top authorities continue defending the regime’s so-called presence in the region. The regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei on January 8 confirmed his regime’s goal of establishing a “new Islamic civilization,” or rather an Islamic State.

On the anniversary of Soleimani’s elimination, Zarif also acknowledged his close ties with the regime’s terror mastermind.

“For example, we talked about how we persuaded the Russians to enter [the Syrian war]. Haj Qassem and I spoke over what should I say in political meetings, follow what policies in negotiations with the Russians or regional countries,” Zarif said on January 3, confirming the regime’s so-called “diplomacy” is the flip-side of its “terrorism.”

Now it is crucial to understand why the regime brags about its so-called military power and “presence” in the region.

Tehran has increased its terrorist activities, in parallel with domestic violence, and breaching its commitments under the terms of the 2015 Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers to extort the international community and exploit the current political situation in the United States.

The regime has started enriching uranium to 20% fissile strength at the underground Fordow nuclear plant. These actions are blatant violations of the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Even the European leaders, who have tried to save the deal by giving concessions to the regime and turn a blind eye on its breaches, now express concern.

On January 16, Jean-Yves Le Drian, France Foreign Minister, confirmed that the regime has been attempting to acquire nuclear capacity.

“Iran, I say this clearly, is in the process of acquiring nuclear capacity,” he said in an interview with France’s Journal du Dimanche newspaper on January 16, according to France 24.

While the evidence shows the regime is rushing to obtain a nuclear bomb, Zarif blatantly condemned Le Drian’s comments.

Zarif’s reaction and the regime’s persistence in supporting terrorism and its nuclear program show the regime disregards the global concerns and only intends to blackmail the international community and continue its rule.

The time has come for the world community, mainly European leaders, to take concrete action to stop the regime’s terrorism.

Winston Churchill once said: “An Appeaser Is One Who Feeds a Crocodile, Hoping It Will Eat Him Last.”

The European Union has tried the appeasement policy for too long. The terrorist regime, in return, sent its diplomat-terrorist, Assadollah Assadi, to bomb a rally in the heart of Europe in 2018.

Assadi and his three accomplices tried to bomb the opposition rally in France on June 30, 2018. Assadi was acting on orders by the regime’s authorities, such as his superior authority Zarif.

Assadi refused to appear in court in Belgium, claiming he has diplomatic immunity, despite being caught red-handed.

In a nutshell, Assadi’s claims of diplomatic immunity, the Iranian authorities’ persistence on terrorism, and their other malign activities show how the appeasement policy has emboldened them.

World leaders should act now. They should shut down the regime’s embassies and expel its agents, impose an arms embargo on the regime and restore all six previous UN Security Council resolutions regarding the regime’s nuclear program.