Simultaneous with its rising provocative and terrorist activities, the regime in Iran blatantly speaks of cooperation in the Middle East to secure peace and stability.
Reuters reported today that Iranian regime’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in an interview with state-run Etemad daily has said Iran may cooperate with the United States on oil and security in the Gulf, …but we “will not allow you to interfere in (Iran’s) internal affairs, but we have no problem working with you on the question of oil. We have no problem with ensuring the security of the Persian Gulf, though we believe that foreign presence in the Persian Gulf causes insecurity and you should not be there.”
Zarif remarks come at a time when the Iranian regime’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has conducted several military exercises within the last few weeks. On Friday, January 15, the IRGC unveiled its new missiles and drones during a maneuver in central Iran.
IRGC Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the IRGC aerospace commander, on this show-off, said these “missiles are the tools to produce power and security for the Iranian people.”
Hajizadeh bragged about the role of IRGC’s missiles in providing “power and security” to people, even while IRGC surface-to-air missiles had downed a Ukrainian passenger jet in January 2020, killing 176 innocent passengers.
The regime’s power exhibition comes in the wake of two major uprisings in Iran within the last two years. The regime brutally suppressed these movements and briefly prevented another uprising, using its inhumane coronavirus policy. Yet, the ongoing protests across Iran, with people identifying the regime as the real source of their problems, show the regime has failed in its quest to control the restive society.
“The society’s outrage is slowly building up, and we cannot predict what will happen when this hatred explodes. But what we know for sure is that this piled-up hatred will one day explode and can turn into a massive blow [to the regime],” wrote the state-run Ebtekar daily on Tuesday.
To boost the morale of its forces, on one hand, and to have leverage for lifting the sanctions, on the other hand, the regime resorts to this hollow exhibition of power. The regime’s so-called military exercises are due to the regime’s weakness, not its strength.
As a reminder, the regime’s so-called “moderate” Foreign Minister Zarif worked closely with the eliminated head of the IRGC Quds Force Qassem Soleimani and said he “never felt they had any differences” as they conspired together to pursue the same foreign policy objectives via two distinct means.
On the anniversary of Qassem Soleimani’s elimination, Zarif acknowledged his close ties with the regime’s terror mastermind again.
“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.”
Also, in regard to the direct role of Zarif’s in terrorism on European soil, it is worth mentioning the recent trial of his incarcerated diplomat-terrorist Assadollah Assadi, who had tried to bomb the Resistance’s rally in France in 2018.
The international community should impose sanctions on the regime, and its officials, such as Zarif for their role in facilitating and supporting terrorism. The regime’s embassies should be shut down across Europe and its agents expelled from the EU.