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Need for a comprehensive policy to counter Iran


Dr. Majid Rafizadeh September 24, 2020 19:49 Short Url Maryam Rajavi, president-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), makes an address in Villepinte, near Paris, June 30, 2018. (Reuters)

American officials today revealed that a full range of UN sanctions had returned on Iran, including a long-term extension of the arms embargo. Some observers dispute the efficacy of these procedures, particularly as the European powers have signified that they will not impose them. But the efficacy argument works as secondary to a much more considerable dimension of Washington’s resolve: Holding Tehran accountable for its present and future transgressions.Regardless of the immediate material influence on the routine’s economic scenario, responsibility is a principle that undergirds a particular tactical calculus.Consider the facts. American intelligence officials this month reported that Tehran had actually established plans to assassinate the US ambassador to South Africa in retaliation for the elimination of terrorist mastermind Qassem Soleimani in January. On the other hand, according to the International Atomic Energy Firm, Iran continues to increase its stockpile of enriched uranium, in violation of the 2015 nuclear agreement.Tehran’s terrorist activity has likewise escalated and, if left uncontrolled, such habits might simply spiral out of control
. In 2018, a senior Iranian diplomat stationed in Vienna was captured red-handed by European authorities hand-delivering an explosive device to a terrorist sleeper cell as part of a plot to bomb a rally organized by the Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran(NCRI )in Paris. At the event were hundreds of global characters, consisting of the NCRI’s President-elect Maryam Rajavi.The detained diplomat, Assadollah Assadi, is arranged to appear at a Belgian court in November to face trial.
It is unprecedented in Europe’s modern history for a sitting diplomat to be tried out charges of direct participation in a terrorist plot. Over the previous 2 years, 7 other Iranian diplomats, including an ambassador in Albania, have been expelled for comparable reasons.Against this backdrop, a profoundly substantial question arises for Iran policy: If the Europeans and Americans stop working to reveal Tehran that its malign actions bring serious effects, then what will stop the further escalation of such acts? If Tehran is not held accountable when it acts with impunity, it will be pushed to try and enforce itself on the local and global order. That is why the Iranian individuals themselves are requiring accountability.Rajavi last week stated:” Confronted with executions and massacres, individuals of Iran urge the United States, and the UN Security Council in specific, to restore snapback sanctions specified in the six UN resolutions against the clerical routine in Iran. Otherwise, (Supreme Leader Ali) Khamenei will continue to ravage the country, as his regime’s survival depends upon murder and suppression.” Including the routine’s local meddling by eliminating Soleimani has actually currently yielded historical results. As previous US National Security Consultant Gen. James Jones told recently’s Trans-Atlantic Top on Iran Policy, the UAE and Bahrain’s agreements with Israel show that “the circle of countries that remain in direct opposition to what Iran is doing is growing by leaps and bounds.”It is impressive that, even during one of the most dissentious election years in US history, the very same strategic principle has singing followers on both sides of the aisle. For example, Rep. Brad Schneider, a Democrat from Illinois, told the summit:”We must always play a leadership function in holding the Iranian program liable for its misdeeds abroad and versus their own individuals. “Likewise, Republican Sen. Martha McSally stated: “The US and the worldwide neighborhood must continue to hold Iran liable for its human rights offenses and reprehensible behavior.”Both lawmakers were amongst the speakers who attended to the international top on Iran policy, which was organized by the NCRI. It practically connected 10,000 places around the world and was dealt with by numerous public officials and lawmakers from Europe, the US and Canada. The high-profile speakers consisted of Rudy Giuliani, Amphibian Gingrich, Joe Lieberman and more than 30 sitting members of Congress, including Sens. Roy Blunt, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Kirsten Gillibrand and Bob Menendez. This reveals that, despite their differences, members of both major United States parties agree on holding the Iranian program responsible for its malign actions. The US and European nations must push the UN General Assembly and Security Council to take action on the Iranian regime’s godawful human rights record.

Dr. Majid Rafizadeh Now, the US and European countries must push the UN General Assembly and Security Council to do something about it on the Iranian program’s godawful human rights record.

The objective must

not just be to avoid Iran from getting nuclear weapons; it must likewise be to put an end to Tehran’s destabilizing behavior in the region, stop its support for terrorism, and assist the Iranian individuals have a representative, democratic and inclusive federal government. That is the supreme tactical solution to the crisis.Again, there is remarkable bipartisan contract on supporting the Iranian people and the opposition. Menendez, the most senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, summed this up by saying: “While in Congress we might have differing approaches about the best way to attend to the danger from Iran, felt confident that we remain joined versus the routine’s fundamental abuses against its citizens.”Dr. Majid Rafizadeh is a Harvard-educated Iranian-American political scientist. Twitter: @Dr_Rafizadeh Disclaimer: Views expressed by writers in this area are their own and do not always show Arab News’point-of-view

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