For the Iranian people, what appears to be the end of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) leaves the Iranian people in a limbo, one that leaves the leaders of regime struggling to find a path forward that preserves their power. However, as the depth of their corruption becomes apparent to the Iranian people, the regime may not be possible to save itself.
For instance, the funds that were released to the regime by means of the JCPOA were used to advance the mullahs’ military objectives throughout the region, as well as advancing the efforts of security forces to suppress the Iranian people and expand its ballistic missile program.
The Iranian people, who were sold the idea that the JCPOA was going to be a boon to the economy, have found that it did not work out that way at all. Their welfare did not improve, as the continuing labor protests throughout the country can attest. Unemployment is high, even more so for young people, but even those who do have jobs are struggling to get paid on a timely basis.
Simply put, corruption has overtaken the regime, as the resources of Iran have been plundered by the Supreme Leader, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and the various mullahs scattered throughout the regime’s government.
Now that the JCPOA seems to be ending, due to the withdrawal of the U.S., the Iranian regime will be facing sanctions again, plus the U.S. is putting sanctions on Iran’s currency network, and their fragile economy will suffer another blow at a time when it cannot afford to take that hit.
From the beginning of the negotiations for the JCPOA, the Iranian resistance spoke out against the gaps of the agreement, noting that the regime was likely to misuse the funds that were released. They had called for UN oversight to make sure that the funds were spent on Iranian workers and to improve the economy. This oversight did not happen, and it is clear that despite the agreement, the clerical regime has continued on its path without modifying any of its policies.
The experience of the past three years has clearly shown that the mullahs took advantage of the concessions in the JCPOA to suppress the Iranian people, but also to expand its military objectives throughout the region, thus spreading terrorism and extremism throughout the Middle East. As a result, the region is even more unstable.
The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has repeatedly called on the international community, particularly the West, to adopt a policy that would eliminate the entire infrastructure of the regime’s nuclear program and, through unconditional inspections, prevent, once and for all, the regime from engaging in any nuclear-related activity, testing or research, including enrichment.
Additionally, the NCRI has called for the dismantling of the regime’s nuclear weapons, the expelling of the IRGC from the region, and for the international community to compel the regime to stop its methods of torture and its continued use of executions.
“As the nationwide uprising in December and January demonstrated, the Iranian people want to be liberated from religious oppression and despotism. Democratic change in Iran is inevitable and a free Iran is within reach. The end of religious dictatorship in Iran is a requisite for regional peace, democracy, security, and stability. This is the only way to end war and crisis in the region and avert a larger war,” said Maryam Rajavi, the President-elect of the NCRI.
The reality is that any future investment in the regime is doomed to fail. The United Nations Security Council must take up and refer to an international tribunal the dossier on the leaders of the Iranian regime’s terrorism and countless crimes against the Iranian people, especially the massacre of political prisoners, said Rajavi in a statement.
With the JCPOA in jeopardy and the unrest growing, is the regime on its way out? At its annual event in Paris on June 30, the Iranian resistance will not only discuss the weakening of the regime, but how they are a viable option to replace the regime and create a democratic and free Iran.