On Tuesday Iranian opposition leader Mrs. Maryam Rajavi issued a statement on the international nuclear deal reached between the world powers and the Iranian regime.
Mrs. Rajavi said that despite many shortcomings and unwarranted concessions to the mullahs, the nuclear deal struck between P5+1 and the Iranian regime represents a reluctant retreat by Khamenei and a violation of red lines upon which he had repeatedly insisted over the past 12 years, including in recent weeks
Mrs. Rajavi reiterated that circumventing the six UN Security Council resolutions and an unsigned agreement, which lacks the requirements of an official international treaty, would neither block the mullahs' pathways to deception nor their access to a nuclear bomb. Nevertheless, as the Iranian Resistance had pointed out, such a retreat will shatter Khamenei's hegemony within the regime and weaken and undermine the ruling religious fascism in its entirety.Mrs. Rajavi said: The retreat, which regime officials have described as a 'chalice of nuclear poison', will inevitably aggravate the power struggle at the top, upset the internal balance of power to the detriment of Khamenei and permeate the entire regime hierarchy. As such, in a nutshell, one can describe this nuclear agreement as a lose-lose outcome as far as its substance and structure are concerned.
Mrs. Rajavi added that Khamenei and his regime capitulated to this agreement out of concern over Iranian society's explosive state, the debilitating impact of the sanctions, their impasse in the region and the prospects for a toughening in the terms of the agreement by the U.S. Congress.
Had the P5+1 been more decisive, she said, the Iranian regime would have had no choice but to fully retreat from and permanently abandon its efforts to acquire nuclear weapons.
Mrs. Rajavi added: The P5+1 should now insist on evicting the regime from the Middle East and prevent its regional meddling.
Another important point, Mrs. Rajavi noted, is that the money poured into the regime's coffers must be placed under strict United Nations monitoring to ensure that it addresses the Iranian people's urgent needs. Otherwise, Khamenei will use these funds to further the regime's policy of export of terrorism and fundamentalism in Syria, Yemen and Lebanon as well as to fill the coffers of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.
She added: Any agreement that disregards and fails to underscore the Iranian people's human rights will only embolden the regime in its suppression and relentless executions.
Addressing the Iranian people, who have been the prime victims of the ruling religious dictatorship, Mrs. Rajavi said: The time has come to hold the anti-Iranian regime accountable and to rise up to overthrow the mullahs' illegitimate regime and establish a free, democratic and non-nuclear Iran.
Maryam Rajavi is President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).