With the recent decertifying of the Iranian regime by the U.S., thus stating that Iran is not in compliance with the JCPOA, current and former leaders throughout the country have come out in favor of the Trump administration’s action, as well as supporting the Iranian resistance, which is represented by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), led by President-elect Maryam Rajavi.
During a National Press Club luncheon, former U.S. Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, praised President Trump for his change of policy, as well as condemning the actions of the Iranian regime and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). President Trump has also designated the IRGC as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).
“If you’re not part of the dictatorship, and you’re not acceptable to the dictator, you can’t run, and therefore to pretend that the elections actually offer any serious choice to the Iranian people is simply a fantasy,” said Gingrich. “If you look at the decertification speech, which I think without question is the most methodical outline of how bad the dictatorship is, that any American senior leader has ever uttered, it’s quite a remarkable speech. And what it tells you is that in the long run, it is not just in the interest of the United States to find a better way to do inspections or to find some other device that allows us to continue with the current agreement, it is in the long run in the interest of the United States to find a way to replace the dictatorship.”
Gingrich also noted that the dictatorship is a mortal danger to the United States, because of its increasing influence in the region, as well as its ability to spread terrorism on a global scale. Throughout his time in politics, Gingrich has supported the resistance, noting that they were telling the truth, while the regime has continued to lie to the international community.
“I hope that this administration will now as part of this process of beginning to unravel both the IRGC and then ultimately the dictatorship, will reach out [to the source of that information] in a much more collaborative way to coordinate information and to coordinate advice and find ways to work together. The National Council of Resistance of Iran has a tremendous potential, and [NCRI President-elect] Mrs. [Maryam] Rajavi has done an amazing job of leading an organization through a very long, very difficult period. And I would hope that at some point in the near future that she would be given an invitation to officially visit the United States, and have a chance both to meet with American leaders in Washington, but also to go around the country,” said Gingrich.
U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is also a leader speaking out against the regime, while trying to build support in the Middle East to curb the regime’s influence. However, his recent efforts to build a bridge between Qatar and Saudi Arabia seem to have not made significant progress.
Tillerson recently attended a meeting with Iraq and Saudi Arabia, just weeks after President Trump refused to certify Iran and turning the fate of the nuclear deal over to Congress. At the same time, it is clear from Trump’s speech that he is going to be significantly more aggressive with the regime going forward.
Part of the difficulty about bringing the Arab and Islamic nations together in a common goal to curb Iran’s regime, is the fact that Iranian influence has impacted so many countries, causing large divisions in their leadership. This issue is at the heart of the conflict between Qatar and Saudi Arabia. The U.S. is attempting to defuse the situation between these two allies as part of its efforts to bring the region together to stand up to the regime.
“This event highlights the strength and breadth as well as the great potential of the relations between your countries,” Tillerson said at the first meeting of the joint Saudi-Iraqi coordination council in Riyadh.
Following years of tensions with Riyadh, Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi hailed the meeting as an “important step toward enhancing relations”, while King Salman warned of the dangers of “extremism, terrorism, as well as attempts to destabilize our countries.”
Falling in line with the idea of curbing Iranian influence, Tillerson’s recent trip to the region is about aggressively addressing terrorism. This includes a visit to Pakistan to press them to put more pressure on the militias throughout their border region. There are also other issues of conflict to be addressed within the Middle East, such as Syria and Yemen. Both countries are also being influenced by the IRGC on orders from the regime and it is clear that militias in both countries are benefiting from Iran’s funding and weapons.