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French President claims no indication Iran is violating JCPOA; questions remain
In the international community, tensions have continued to mount regarding the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in light of the US withdrawal from the agreement and Europe's attempts to keep the agreement active.

The Iranian regime argues that the US had no right to leave the agreement, simply because the regime was not in violation of the agreement, which is a direct contradiction to claims made by members of the Trump administration.

Yet, these is plenty of question regarding how true the claims of the French president really are in light of various actions by the Iranian regime since the JCPOA was signed and went into effect.

First, it is important to note that there were several flaws in the original JCPOA agreement. One of the most critical is the fact that the agreement completely disregarded the regional impact that the regime has and how that has contributed to the overall instability of the Middle East. Just looking at the expansion of the regime in the last few years, as well as how it used the funds released by the agreement to increase its influence throughout the region, should be a red flag that the regime is not being upfront about its motives.

Additionally, it is important to note that the Iranian regime is expanding its support, funding, training, and provision of weapons to a variety of groups throughout the region, both terrorist and militia groups. While the Iranian troops fight with Assad in Syria, Iranian weapons are being put in the hands of Houthi rebels in Yemen. Throughout other countries in the region, it is clear that the only goal of the regime is creating divisions in region that keep governments from standing up the mullahs.

Secondly, the JCPOA and a UN Security Council resolution 2231 were clear that Iran should not undertake any ballistic missile activity until eight years after the JCPOA adoption date or until the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) submits a report confirming Broader Conclusion. In spite of that, by the time the agreement was two and half years old, the Iranian regime had fired off more than 20 of those types of missiles.

Third, the regime has not kept to the limits of heavy water as described by the agreement. Yet, they have continued to exceed that amount, according to the IAEA. The National Council for Resistance of Iran (NCRI) also released information showing that the regime has continued to hide nuclear activities in its military facilities, which are out of reach of IAEA inspectors.

"Eradicating the clerical regime's nuclear and terrorism threats means getting rid of the regime in its entirety. A regime based on the principle of velayat-e faqih (absolute rule of the clergy) cannot exist without terrorism, suppression, and weapons of mass destruction," said Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the NCRI. "As in the past, any future investment in this regime is doomed to failure. As the Iranian Resistance has persistently declared, standing with the criminal mullahs, and empowering those responsible for, and the perpetrators of, the massacre of the Iranian people's valiant children, will only embolden the religious fascists' warmongering, export of fundamentalism and terrorism."

In light of this information, it is clear that the JCPOA is not enough to keep the regime from pursuing its activities throughout the region or its human rights violations against the Iranian people. Therefore, regime change is critical to bringing stability to the Middle East. With that in mind, on June 30, the NCRI will be hosting its annual gathering to showcase an alternative to the regime and how it could impact the region.

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