Iran: internal crisis becoming increasingly evident

Iran Focus

London, 15 July - Internal disputes among officials in Iran are becoming more and more publicised. Previously, Iran’s state media omitted to report honestly about the goings-on and disputes among officials and the different factions, but it is becoming more challenging to hide.

Mahmoud Sadeghi is a very outspoken official. He is a representative to Iran’s parliament and he recently accused his colleagues of succumbing to bribes to that a parliamentary motion should be shelved.

The motion in question is regarding legal violations that take place at Tehran’s municipality.

Andrew Peek

Iran Focus

London, 13 July - US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Andrew Peek said in an interview during his visit to Bahrain as part of his regional tour, that Washington is committed to halting Iran’s regional aggression.

The US is working with its Gulf allies to bring Iran to the negotiating table, stop it from supporting military proxies, terrorism, and proliferation of missiles, according to Peek.

He said, “The discussion in particular highlighted the ways in which Iran attempts to destabilize and provoke conflict in Bahrain through proxies that have their headquarters abroad, other key personnel abroad, and that work to cause cleavages in Bahraini society.”


Iran Focus

London, 2 July - The main opposition to the Iranian clerical rulers, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), held its annual gathering in Paris on Saturday 30th June. It was an overwhelmingly optimistic and positive event showing the progress that has been made in recent years. The majority of the speakers - elected representatives, former US administration officials, Members of European Parliament and dignitaries from all over the world – noted the positive move forward, especially in the past six months.

Iran’s Plans to Evade US Sanctions Won’t Work

Iran Focus

London, 12 July - Iran recently announced that they planned to circumvent US sanctions on Iranian oil by offering their crude oil to buyers through the national stock exchange.

Eshaq Jahangiri, Iran’s first vice-president said: "We have friendly countries to which we sell our oil, and we’ve started negotiations with them. The private sector can openly buy oil and export it."

However, this plan has its own limitations according to Senior Fellow at the OCP Policy Francis Perrin, who explained that this is not an efficient and effective way to evade sanctions on Iranian oil and that this would not become a significant method of trade as the US would still impose sanctions on it, no matter how the purchaser came across it.

John Bolton

Iran Focus

London, 2 July - Iran’s presence in the affairs of other nations across the United States is a priority of the United States. The United States national security adviser, John Bolton, said at the weekend that Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s grip on power is not a US strategic issue, but Iran is.

In an interview with Face the Nation by CBS, the national security adviser was asked about Russia’s involvement in the blanket bombing in the southern area of Syria and how it violates the agreement between Putin and Trump. Bolton said however that there are “possibilities for doing a larger negotiation on helping to get Iranian forces out of Syria and back into Iran”, which he described as being a “significant step forward”. He added that the use of force to get Iran out of Syria would need to be agreed with Russia.

Iran: Will the outcome of Trump-Putin meeting suit Iran?

Iran Focus

London, 12 July - US President Donald Trump will be meeting his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on 16th July. The purpose of the visit is to soothe the tense relations between the two countries and it is a much anticipated meeting between the two leaders.

The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has spoken about his interest in the outcome of the meeting and has said that he is anticipating the “deal of the century”.

Protests in Iran and the Role of the MEK Opposition

Iran Focus

London, 29 Jun - In a panel discussion on Friday, June 29, the last before the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s Free Iran rally in Paris, several more political figures spoke about the Iranian opposition’s and MEK’s role and the protests that have been sweeping across Iran since the end of last year.

Mitchell Reiss, Ambassador and former Director of U.S. State Department Policy, opened the panel discussion with great positivity, pointing out that momentum is starting to shift towards to Iranian Resistance and the Mojahedin organization (PMOI) or MEK. He thanked Mrs. Maryam Rajavi and the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) for keeping faith in the cause and for bringing the realities of life in Iran to our attention.

US looking for other countries to fill gap in oil caused by Iran sanctions

Iran Focus

London, 10 July - The US is looking to halt all of Iran’s crude oil exports from November and in relying on Saudi Arabia and other oil-producing countries to fill the gap.

They are hoping that by cutting off Iran’s oil exports, they can further destabilise the Iranian economy enough to bring it back to the table for a new nuclear deal or enough that the people can make a major change.

MEK Inspired Iranian Uprising

By Jubin Katiraie

Iranian Resistance group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), has long been painted by Iranian Mullahs as a fringe group with little support from the Iranian people, but the Iranian uprising proves that to be false.

In December 2017, protests broke out in Mashhad over a draft budget that slashed subsidies for the poor and put more funding into Iran’s suppressive forces and malign military campaigns. At any other time, the Mullahs’ government might have quelled this protest, but the MEK stepped in to spread the protests across 142 cities in all of Iran’s provinces.

The EIB – the EU’s not-for-profit long-term investment arm

Iran Focus

London, 5 July - EU lawmakers approved on Wednesday plans for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran, despite attempts by some politicians to block the approval, which further enshrines Europe’s attempts to keep the 2015 nuclear deal alive, following US withdrawal in May.

The EIB – the EU’s not-for-profit long-term investment arm – is key to the bloc’s attempts to maintain trading links with Iran despite US sanctions. This decision does not oblige the EIB to work with Iran, but it is expected that the EIB will work with Iran from August.

PMOI/MEK: The Main Threat for the Iranian Regime

By Jubin Katiraie

Over the past four decades, one of the cornerstones of regime’s strategy to remain in power has been to push the idea that there’s no other alternative for the Iranian people than the current regime itself, so the people have to get along with it anyway.

In line with the strategy, regime claimed that it had physically eliminated the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) as their only rival. But when the organization continued to exist and stabilize, the regime launched a propaganda campaign this time, claiming out of weakness that the MEK has no place among Iranian people and that people will choose the Iranian regime over the MEK anytime.

Money laundering monitor gives Iran one final chance to avoid blacklist

Iran Focus

London, 5 July - International money laundering monitoring agency, the Financial Action Task Force, has avoided a decision to return Iran to its blacklist for failing to take enough action to combat money laundering.

FAFT said: “Iran’s action plan has expired with a majority of the action items remaining incomplete.”

Iran’s continued reluctance to deal with financial crimes undermines the future of the 2015 nuclear deal, between Iran and five world powers.

Washington Lobbyist Harasses John Bolton for Past Iranian MEK Support

Iran Focus

London, 26 Jun - With regards to Iran and particularly the recent developments after the last December and January uprising in the country, and President Trump’s Iran-nuclear-deal exit, the US National Security Advisor John Bolton has certainly been an outspoken and steadfast personality supporting the current US-Iran foreign policy agenda.

For many years Iranian dissident supporters of the MEK (Mujahedeen-e Khalq of Iran) in Europe and United States have come to respect and count on Mr. Bolton for his support for freedom of Iran and the notion of a regime change in that country.


Iran Focus

London, 5 July - Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) gave the keynote speech at today’s Free Iran convention in Paris.

Mrs. Rajavi’s arrival was greeted by thunderous applause, and she walked the length of the arena to greet members of the Iranian opposition before beginning her speech, in which she spoke of the future of the resistance movement and its inevitable success.

Merchants Protest Failing Economy Despite Suppressive Forces

Iran Focus

London, 26 Jun - The steep drop in the value of the rial led to massive protests in Tehran on Sunday and Monday. Protesters took to the streets, shutting down many shops in Tehran’s Grand Bazaar, to bring attention to the country’s failing economy.

The value of the rial has plummeted over the past year, and it has been in a free fall since last week. A U.S. dollar was being offered for as much as 87,000 rials on Sunday, compared to 75,500 last Thursday.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper

Iran Focus

London, 4 July - Former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper joined the Canadian delegation on the stage at the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s (NCRI) Free Iran rally in Paris on Saturday, June 30, 2018. Prime Minister Harper spoke on behalf of the Canadian delegation to the members of the Iranian resistance, including many members of the MEK.

Harper’s speech was focused on how Canada has opposed, amd will continue to oppose, the Iranian regime and its history of human rights atrocities and terrorist actions.

Proposal for Iran to Join Global Convention Against Money Laundering Stymied by its Leader

Iran Focus

London, 23 Jun - When considering major bills like the proposal to join the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crimes (UNTOC), the legislative body will take into account Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s “full directives”, according to the speaker of Iran’s parliament, Ali Larijani.

The Supreme Leader has voiced his disapproval of this bill. He called the bill “unacceptable” June 20, saying the UNTOC, a measure meant to fight money laundering and terrorism funding, had been “cooked up” by foreign powers, and that the parliament should shelve it.

Iran accuses Israel of grand theft cloud

Iran Focus

London, 4 July - In a bizarre attempt to try to shift the blame for Iran’s ongoing drought, which has been exacerbated through decades of corruption and mismanagement by the mullahs, a high ranking military official has accused Israel of stealing Iran’s clouds and snow.

Brigadier General Gholam Reza Jalali, the chief of Iran’s civil defence organization, made this ludicrous statement at an agricultural conference in Tehran.

He said: “Joint teams from Israel and one of the neighbouring countries make the clouds entering into Iran barren. Moreover, we are faced with the cases of cloud theft and snow theft.”

Japan Asked to Stop Iran Oil Purchases

Iran Focus

London, 23 Jun - People with knowledge of the matter say that going beyond the reductions that were demanded when sanctions were imposed earlier this decade, the U.S. has now asked Japan to completely halt oil imports from Iran. But, during talks with Japanese counterparts in Tokyo earlier in the week, no decision was reached. Asking that not to be identified because the matter is confidential, they revealed that discussions will continue later.

After his decision to renew sanction against Iran, U.S. President Trump’s administration gave allies 180 days to reduce purchases from the OPEC producer.


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