IRAN NUCLEAR: ISJ Statement on Lifting of International Sanctions
Subsequent to the IAEA report and lifting of sanctions, the International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) that has been closely following Iran’s nuclear projects in the past years and its negotiations with the P5+1, considers it necessary to refer to the following points:
- As stated in ISJ’s detailed report of November 20, 2014, the Iranian regime has done its utmost to mislead the international community. Among other things, this report found: “The study established that two systems have been fully functional during the whole period of the study. A civilian system includes Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization and universities, while a military system constitutes the secret aspect of this program. These two structures resemble two concentric circles, working in tandem. Over the years, the military part of the program has gone through reorganization or name changes but has moved forward including recent activities. According to available information, records, and documents, the military aspect of the program has been and remains at the heart of Iran’s nuclear activities.”
- The various factions within the ruling establishment have shared interest in the acquisition of the nuclear weapon. The Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, former President Rafsanjani and President Rouhani are equally involved in efforts to mislead the world. The British weekly Sunday Telegraph revealed on March 5, 2006 that Hassan Rouhani, when leading Iran’s negotiating team during Khatami’s presidency, had deceived the West and boasted about it as well. Sunday Telegraph wrote: “In a speech to a closed meeting of leading Islamic clerics and academics, Hassan Rouhani, who headed talks with the so-called EU3 until last year, revealed how Teheran played for time and tried to dupe the West after its secret nuclear programme was uncovered by the Iranian opposition in 2002.” Thus, Iran’s capability and capacity to dupe Western governments far surpassed that of North Korea; had it not been for the disclosure of Iran’s nuclear projects in August 2002 by the opposition PMOI/MEK inside Iran and the political coalition NCRI, the Iranian regime would have undoubtedly far more surprised us in acquiring the nuclear bomb than the North Koreans.
- Preventing Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons is an achievement for international peace and security and also a victory for the Iranian people and its democratic opposition. The international community should express its gratitude to the Iranian resistance movement and its President Maryam Rajavi since without the efforts of this opposition, this victory would not have been achieved.
- Although a thorough and precise implementation of the Vienna accord will stop Iran from acquiring the nuclear bomb for at least the next 10 to 15 years, the past three decades have shown that this regime is in no way trustable and the international community and in particular the IAEA need to be vigilant and use all available mechanisms to uncover Tehran’s breaches in the nuclear realm.
- Abandoning, even temporarily, the nuclear weapon will exacerbate the crises within the Iranian regime on an unparalleled scale as this regime had heavily invested on acquiring the nuclear weapon, export of terrorism, and expansion of its influence in the countries in the region, beside its domestic suppression to ensure its survival. These escalating crises are already evident. Therefore, Iran is attempting to cultivate on the favourable conditions following the nuclear deal to have the world turn a blind eye to its cruel and systematic violation of human rights inside the country and its aggression against countries in the region, especially its atrocities in Syria to save Bashar Assad. Over 2000 people have been hanged in Iran since “moderate” Rouhani became President in August 2013.
- In view of the above, ISJ calls on the UN Security Council, the P5+1, the IAEA, and the countries in the region that are directly threatened by the export of terrorism and fundamentalism of this regime to affect the following:
- Iran should be held accountable by the UN Security Council for its abhorring and systematic violation of human rights and its malign influence in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen. Any improvement of relations with this regime should be preconditioned on the improvement of human rights and situation of women and a complete withdrawal of its forces and militias from the countries in the region.
- The expenditure of the released funds should be internationally supervised to prevent Tehran from using them to bankroll its warmongering and terrorism abroad and to ensure that the money is spent to advance the welfare of the Iranian people.
- Sanctions targeting human rights violations and export of terrorism should to be tightened up.
- IAEA should closely cooperate with the NCRI to discover clandestine activities of Iran and avert being taken off guard.
Absent the above measures, not only will Iran expand on its violation of human rights and export of terrorism, but will find a paved ground to circumvent the Vienna accord and pursue its objective to attain the nuclear bomb.
President of International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ)
Former Vice-President of the European Parliament (1999-2014)
International Committee In Search of Justice (ISJ) was initially formed in 2008 as an informal group of EU parliamentarians to seek justice for the Iranian democratic opposition. In 2014 it was registered as a non-profit NGO in Brussels expanding its membership beyond elected parliamentarians to former officials and other dignitaries with an interest to promote human rights, freedom, democracy, peace and stability. ISJ’s campaigns have enjoyed the support of over 4000 parliamentarians on both sides of the Atlantic.
President: Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Vice President of European Parliament (1999-2014)
Board of Advisors: Patrick Kennedy, Congressman (1995-2011); Günter Verheugen, Vice President of EU Commission (2004-2010); Nicole Fontaine, President of European Parliament (1999-2002); General Hugh Shelton, Chairman of US Joint Chiefs of Staff (1997-2001); David Kilgour, Canadian Secretary of State (1997-2003); Ingrid Betancourt ; Prof. Raymond Tanter, President of Iran Policy Committee, Washington D.C.; Prof. Horst Teltschik, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference (1999-2008); Colonel Wesley Martin, Antiterrorism/Force Protection Officer of all Coalition forces in Iraq (2005-2007); Senator Lucio Malan, Quaestor of Italian Senate; Alessandro Pagano MP, President of Committee of Italian Parliamentarians for a Free Iran; Antonio Razzi Secretary of Italian Senate Foreign Affairs Committee; Gérard Deprez MEP, Chair Friends of a Free Iran intergroup European Parliament; Ryszard Czarnecki, Vice President of European Parliament; Tunne Kelam, Member of European Parliament; Lord Carlile of Berriew QC, Co – chairman of British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom, former independent reviewer of UK terrorism legislations; Lord Clarke of Hampstead CBE, Former Chairman of UK Labour Party; Lord Maginnis of Drumglass; Lord Dholakia OBE, Deputy Leader of Liberal Democrats in House of Lords