On November 2, two days before the re-imposition of “the toughest sanctions ever on Iran” as described by the White House, against this rouge regime, Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin held a news conference on Friday declaring that sanctions would target Iran’s critical sectors including shipping, financial and energy.
The White House✔@WhiteHousePresident @realDonaldTrump is reimposing all sanctions lifted under the unacceptable Iran deal. The U.S. is reimposing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, targeting many of the corrupt regime’s critical sectors.
Mike Pompeo told reporters of various news agencies: “Our ultimate aim is to compel Iran to permanently abandon its well-documented outlaw activities and behave as a normal country.” Pompeo pointed to Iranian missile development and its involvement in conflicts across the Middle East, as well support for terrorism and assassinations of dissidents in Europe.
Which sectors are covered by sanctions
The sanctions are the second batch (of sanctions that) the U.S. administration has re-imposed since Trump withdrew from the nuclear accord in May. They cover Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors (AP News, November 3, 2018). It is important to know that the sale of food, medicine, medical devices and agricultural commodities to Iran are not and have never been sanctioned, according to Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative for Iran.
Addressing the reporters present at the news conference, Mr. Mnuchin said that while banks will be allowed to conduct humanitarian-related transactions with Iran, they “must be very careful that these are not disguised transactions.”
Having in mind regime’s recent terrorist activities, especially in European soil and also in the United States, it is obvious that Mnuchin’s intention has been to highlight the mullahs’ regime terrorist activities.
In this context, reliable sources informed Asharq Al-Awsat that the European intelligence bodies have foiled 10 assassination attempts against opposes of the Iranian regime throughout the past year.
After arresting MOIS agents in Europe and US in the course of foiled terror plots and terror conspiracies against the Iranian opposition, especially the PMOI/MEK members in Albania, France and the United States, this reminder of John Bolton, US National Security Advisor who stated at Alexander Hamilton Society, was well averred: “In terms of the terrorism behavior of Iran (regime), you know Ronald Reagan designated Iran (regime) is the first state-sponsor of terrorism, and what they are engaged now, outright terrorism as a state itself. These are not sponsoring terrorism; these are terrorist planning.”
Last week, Denmark has “accused Iran’s intelligence agencies of planning to assassinate an Iranian activist on Danish soil.” As Secretary Pompeo tweeted: “For nearly 40 years, Europe has been the target of Iran-sponsored terrorist attacks.”
Sanctions are not ultimate solution
In fact, the evidence displays that while Iranian regime has failed to keep a tight rein on the Iranians’ protest and uprising inside the country, the regime seek to strike the PMOI/MEK as the mullahs arch-enemy and the heart of the organized resistance (NCRI) abroad.
No need to say that as much as the Iranian regime has debilitated, the organized resistance led by President-elect Maryam Rajavi has gained more achievements in the course of a free and democratic Iran. In this regard, the regime was not able to cover this reality and acknowledged that Mrs. Rajavi and resistance units (MEK supporters) are the main threat of its survival.
Thus, re-imposition of U.S. sanctions may be able to debilitate mullahs’ capability to fuel the regional conflicts, it may squeeze them to limit their terrorist threats, but it can never persuade them to avoid their temperament of terrorism and warmongering, which justifies their preservation of power through any kind of suppression and crimes including terrorism.
… In such circumstances, the passive attitude of western governments will intensify mullahs’ terror acts. As the ultimate solution, the civilized world should stand with the rightful struggle of Iranian people for democracy and freedom, and recognize their organized Resistance to end the mullahs malign behavior inside Iran and beyond. … … As Mrs. Maryam Rajavi said:
Maryam Rajavi✔@Maryam_RajaviThe era of U.S. appeasement of the clerical regime against the interests of the Iranian people and Resistance is over. The mullahs must anticipate even greater crises and more uprisings by the people of #Iran.“The people of
#Iran and the country’s defiant youths have the final word when they say, “Our enemy is right here.”