The US State and Treasury departments on Friday sanctioned 14 individuals and 17 entities linked to SPND, Iran’s organization for defense, innovation, and research.
“Our maximum pressure campaign on Iran continues with today’s sanctions on targets involved in the regime’s nuclear program, including former nuclear weapons scientists. We’ll be relentless in denying Iran the ability to engage in WMD proliferation and all its outlaw activities,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, in a recent message issued for Nowruz, the Iranian calendar New Year, Ali Khamenei, the mullahs’ regime supreme leader, once again sought to portray a completely different image of the failures his regime is facing. Khamenei, however, was forced to acknowledge the Iranian people’s escalating difficulties during the past 12 months.
All the while Khamenei sought to save face by flaring internal disputes and holding the government of Hassan Rouhani responsible for all the country’s crises. Of course, it is common knowledge for the Iranian people that Rouhani is nothing but another character in Khamenei’s masquerade.
“We surpassed a very adventurous year,” he said, indirectly referring to the ongoing uprising and protests across the country that are also witnessing a growing trend. “Our enemies had plans for the Iranian people,” he said, expressing relief that his regime has not been toppled yet.
“Economically, we have many issues. The lowering value of the national currency is an important matter. So is the people’s purchasing power. The problems facing our factories, unemployment, and in some cases, some of our factories closing down. These are issues,” Khamenei said in reference to his regime’s economic dilemmas.
These remarks, despite all his devious intentions, are made by the regime’s leader in a desperate attempt to save face. However, he obviously cannot deny his deep concerns for the new year which he has already warned deeply about. Back in December, Khamenei specifically said the enemy had plans for 2018, yet their true aim is to implement those blueprints in 2019.
American Islamic Forum for Democracy president Dr. Zuhdi Jasser told FOX Business’ “The Evening Edit” that the state of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran is on the verge of losing control of its own people.
According to Amnesty International, Iran is one of the top countries in violation of human rights and abuse. “Thanks to the re-imposing of sanctions, they are beginning to feel the pressure and the revolution have gained steam,” Jasser said.
On the other hand, on Mar.22, 2019 A number of parliament members discussed the people’s grim living conditions and the explosive state of the society by telling the parliament that “people would eventually get rid of the regime in its entirety.
Another parliament member took to the podium and questioned the government for the value plunge of the country’s currency. “The drastic drop of the currency value is nothing new and not something that only started a couple of years ago. The currency value nosedive started four decades ago, at the start of the founding of the Islamic Republic.”
A member of the board of directors of the parliament showed the regime’s main fear by bringing up the recent escalation of activities by the PMOI/MEK-affiliated resistance units setting fire to the posters and billboards of the regime’s Supreme Leader and taking to graffiti writing anti-regime slogans in every major town and city in the country. “Why the interior ministry is not doing anything to prevent the destruction of billboards and posters of the regime’s icons on the streets and at the entry of the cities?” he asked.
To end this, the days of Khomeini’s heirs and the brutal mullahs are numbered. The dawn of freedom and justice is on the horizon. US sanctions will bring pain to the ayatollahs, however, the Final answer is in the hands of youth generation that organized in resistance units.
*Hassan Mahmoudi is a human rights advocate and Social Media journalist seeking democracy for Iran and peace for the region.