Tuesday, 25 February, 2020

MEK stands against U.S. positions, claims Iran violating nuclear deal!

By Vahid Jafarian, Editorial Board Member

As Trump administration says that Iran is sticking to the terms of the nuclear deal, an Iranian opposition group has claimed that Tehran is cheating on its historical deal with the U.S. by secretly conducting research into nuclear weapons components such as bomb triggers and enriched uranium.

“The regime is doing engineering and weaponization testing at a walled military complex south of Tehran, a location which Iran has declared off-limits to inspectors”, claimed the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and its main operational arm, the People’s Mujaheddin of Iran (MEK).

“This is the site that has been kept secret,” said Alireza Jafrazadeh, NCRI’s Washington office deputy director. “There is secret research to manufacture the bomb and basically cover up the real activities of the Iranian regime.”

The NCRI-MEK report came several days after the Trump administration notified Congress that Iran is complying with the landmark nuclear deal negotiated by former President Obama.

In a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan sent on Tuesday, Rex Tillerson, the U.S. Secretary of State, confirmed “that Iran is compliant through April 18th with its commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.”

The letter represents the clearest confirmation to date that the Trump administration is in agreement with the international community on the fact of Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA, also known as the Iran Deal.

On Tuesday, Trump ordered a review of the deal to be led by his National Security Council, although the State Department admits Iran has so far stuck to its side of the bargain.

Further, US Defense Secretary James Mattis on Friday said Iran is sticking to the terms of the nuclear deal, adding that the 2015 agreement between the Islamic Republic and world powers “still stands and that’s all I can say about it.”

Speaking in Tel Aviv alongside his Israeli counterpart Avigdor Liberman, Mattis said the Iranians “appear to be living up to their part of the agreement.” The nuclear deal “continues to be in force,” the Pentagon chief said.

Also in February 2017, the UN watchdog IAEA released its latest report, confirming again that Iran is complying with the landmark nuclear deal it sealed with major world powers in 2015

MKO is the most hated terrorist group among the Iranians because of its dark history of assassinations and bombings and for siding with the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in his eight-year war against Iran in the 1980s.

Out of the nearly 17,000 Iranians killed in terrorist assaults since the victory of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, about 12,000 have fallen victim to MKO’s acts of terror.

However, the terror group once had a presence in the United States and maintains offices in Europe.

U.S senator John McCain has recently met the head of the MKO Maryam Rajavi and some other members of the group in Tirana on Friday.

The MKO was listed as a terrorist organization by the U.S. and European Union in 1997 and 2002 respectively, but as more efforts got directed to vilify Iran, the MKO got delisted by the EU on January 26, 2009 and by the U.S. on September 28, 2012.

After Washington formally removed the MKO from its list of terror organizations, the group became able to have its assets under the U.S. jurisdiction unfrozen and do business with the American entities. A number of U.S. officials received hundreds of thousands of dollars in fees for speaking on MKO’s behalf ever since.

However, American officials are not the only ones receiving money from the MKO in exchange for political support. On  July 9, 2016, former Saudi intelligence chief and former Saudi ambassador to Britain and the United States Prince Turki al-Faisal Al Saud spoke for 30 minutes before a crowd in Paris, France, for the annual conference of the MKO.


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1 Comment

  1. Amir

    April 22, 2017 at 5:42 pm

    Who? she! never mind. The deal is done. She has to bark at UN rather US.

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