The Iranian regime are now faced with increasing international and domestic pressure. When U.S. President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, the impact on the regime began almost immediately. Foreign companies started to pull out of Iran, not sure if the JCPOA was going to be salvaged, and unwilling to risk penalties from violating U.S. sanctions.
The Iranian regime also is dealing with domestic pressure as well, due to an increasing number of protests and demonstrations, as well as an increasingly louder call for regime change. Add to it the sanctions that went into effect on the oil and banking industries, and the regime is now in a position of weakness.
Economic embargos are making it difficult for the regime to continue the rhetoric that the sanctions are having no impact at all. Despite the efforts of European to keep the JCPOA in effect through a statute meant to punish European companies that leave Iran due to the U.S. sanctions. Iran is also calling for the European Union to address the SWIFT measures that have been put into place.
The Central Bank of Iraq is also calling on all the banks in the country to comply in order to avoid U.S. sanctions and their consequences.
“I would have lied if I said that the sanctions have no impact. U.S. sanctions have negative impact on the country’s economy. The government is not able to shoulder the economic management of the country on its own,” said Eshaq Jahangiri, the first deputy to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.
Teachers Strike Just One Indication of Uprising
As strikes across various industries continue to mount throughout the country, teachers have also joined the fray. The teachers’ protest touches on multiple themes that are systematic throughout Iran.
“Anti-cultural and anti-Iranian dictatorship of the mullahs has destroyed culture and education. The catastrophic situation of working and retired teachers is a product of the plundering and repressive policies of the anti-cultural clerical regime, and it becomes worse as long as this regime is in power. A regime that has only brought torture and execution, war and terrorism, poverty, unemployment, corruption, and plundering for the people of Iran,” said Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), which is a coalition of Iranian resistance groups.
Concerns Mount About the Survival of the Regime
Support for the sanctions is mounting even from allies who expressed concern about the Trump administration’s approach.
“We’ve seen indications that is has affected their belligerent activity in Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. Not enough yet, but it’s beginning to have that effect,” said U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton.
With this external pressure, the regime cannot withstand an uprising from within. Even the smallest protest is turning into a larger nationwide protest. The Iranian people are clearly making it known that the protests and strikes that began late last year are still going strong. To defend itself, the regime is employing repression and abusive tactics, along with blaming the Iranian resistance as the cause of the dissent. They have started a propaganda campaign meant to discredit the resistance.
The regime is in a continually weakening position, one that puts the continuation of the mullahs extremist government in jeopardy.