Iran nuclear deal anniversary marks a new global focus on the Islamic Republic
By Sir David Amess MP
The Hill, JULY 22, 2017--This month marks the second anniversary of the conclusion of the nuclear negotiations between Iran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council. The parties involved now have an opportunity to review the effectiveness of the deal and how well it serves their interests. Iran’s aggressive behavior sharpens the focus on whether the deal is going well.
It is becoming evident that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) has been a rather ineffectual agreement. The deal gave the Islamic Republic tens of billions of dollars worth of sanctions relief and asked for little or nothing in return.
The situation, however, deteriorated in every respect after the nuclear agreement. The number of executions and arrests has soared, the economy has become more stagnant, poverty has aggravated, and the IRGC's vicious pursuit of belligerence in Syria and the Quds Force's atrocious massacre of Iraqis have become worse.
The sham elections of March produced a monster instead of moderates when Jannati, a staunch Khamenei loyalist and the very person who had screened all election candidates, became the head of the Assembly of Experts.But why did this happen?
Firstly, because there are no moderates in Iran's theocratic regime.
Secondly,because the clerical regime is extremely frail, riddled with crisis and not able to show any flexibility towards the public. It is therefore in greater need of stepping up its social repression, export of terrorism and war.
Just recently, the mullahs' parliament declared that the country's banking system had gone bankrupt. At the same time, the regime's interior minister has in an official report declared that they arrest an average of 600,000 people every year. Of course, the actual figure is much higher.
Meanwhile the mullahs have carried out mass floggings of workers for going on strike and students for taking part in a graduation party. They do so because they are confronted with volatilesocial discontent throughout the country.
The regime's instability is evident in every respect.
The mullahs have no solution for this crisis. Stepping up dictatorship, repression and belligerence, nomatter how severe,cannot comprise a long-term solution for them. This is exactly why the Italian Parliament's initiative is very significant in showing the way out.
This situation also bears an important message for those who seek economic relations with the mullahs. The message is that they are on the wrong road.
On the one hand, the hugely stagnant economy has diminished the country capacity for economic agreements.
On the other hand, the lion's share of the Iranian economy is dominated by the Velayat-e Faqih and the Revolutionary Guards Corps. Therefore, any deal with Iranian companies is actually a deal with the IRGC and fuels their system.
Fueling the IRGC machine is tantamount to spreading terrorism and war throughout the Middle East and North Africa. For Italy, this translates into a mounting refugee crisis and for Europe, into stepped up terrorist attacks
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