After the election tally was completed and President Hassan Rouhani was elected for his second term, he held a press conference outlining domestic and foreign policies. It was an enlightening conference, showcasing how little he really intends or is able to create real change in Iran.
His first point was that Iran’s current military efforts throughout the Middle East will continue, adding that they are on the ground in Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon. He also pointed out that Iran has fought and will continue to fight against terrorism in the region.
“Iran has and will continue to support these through its diplomats and military advisors,” said Rouhani. “The Iranians and Russians fought against terrorism alongside the Syrians and the Iraqis. Who continues to fund the terrorists?…The U.S. government has never fought against terrorism…Hezbollah is a group accepted and trusted by the people of Lebanon.”
In addition, there was the lie about the number of individuals who voted in the election. Video clips are available of people complaining of being forced to wait outside of polling stations to create a line. Even prisoners were forced to partake in the election.
“We have in the past exposed undisputed documents that in every election under the current regime the true number of participants have been multiplied by 4 or 5 times and then the figure has been released. They have what is called ‘room of vote aggregation’, which decide the number which must be released,” said Mohammad Mohaddessin, Chairman of the NCRI Foreign Affairs Committee.
His position also indicates that Iran will continue to work on building their missile program, despite international pressure to stop their missile tests. The U.S. has recently added sanctions to various individuals and organizations related to Iran because of its missile program and human rights violations.
Iranian MP Hossein Naghavi, a member of the ruling regime’s parliament, shed light on why Iran will not be changing course. “We will not negotiate with anyone over the development of our missile technology, and we will not wait for the permission of no organization or country,” he said.
Rouhani also admitted that the 2015 nuclear agreement was made to allow Iran to continue to build its defensive capabilities.
“Iran’s missile activities are a segment of Iran’s completely defensive policies. We will strengthen our defensive policies using all our powers,” said Bahram Ghasemi, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman.
Repression is also continuing, with the use of executions continuing as part of Iran’s ongoing efforts to maintain its power and control over the Iranian people.
Mass executions were suspended for a week prior to the election, but since then, executions have been resumed. According to the NCRI President-elect Maryam Rajavi, Rouhani “neither wants, nor is able to alter the regime’s foundations and behavior.”