Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Aug. 29, 2018 - As the Iranian regime faces a complete economic collapse alongside escalating protests across the country and increasing international isolation, leaders in Tehran and various European capitals are seen scrambling to safeguard what is left of the highly flawed 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Various U.S. officials have privately shared their thoughts with the media saying Europe is literally “poisoning” its relations with the Trump administration.
While severe sanctions are being implemented by the U.S. against the Iranian regime, and a new heavy round targeting the mullahs’ oil and banking sector due to arrive in early November, the Europeans sought the opportunity to gift the Iranian regime a $21 million package.
Although considered next to nothing, this money will unfortunately only go to further fuel the Iranian regime’s belligerence across the Middle East. U.S. officials are criticizing such a move and dubbing the aid package as foolish, adding it will provide further means for the Iranian regime to continue its assassination attempts in European countries and drive forward its global terrorism ambitions.
This won’t be a walk in the park for Europe as U.S. officials in Congress and the Trump administration have vowed to track and monitor the situation closely, saying Europe will not be permitted to bypass or avoid U.S. sanctions. Domestic and foreign entities seeking to continue doing business with Tehran will be targets of U.S. sanctions.
It’s interesting that Iranian regime President Hassan Rouhani was busy on Monday trying to convince European countries safeguard the Iran nuclear deal with Tehran. And yet on Tuesday important developments rocked relations between France and the Iranian regime, with Paris restricting its diplomats and foreign ministry officials from non-essential visits to Iran. The French Foreign Ministry is citing security concerns after an Iranian regime diplomat and two operatives plotted a terrorist bombing targeting the Iranian opposition NCRI’s annual rally in Paris back in June.
France is also voicing concerns about the Iranian regime strengthening its tone of animosity towards Paris.
Brian Hook, the U.S. Special Representative on Iran, chastised European governments for allocating their taxpayer money to help the Iranian regime remain in power in the face of increasing protests across the country and the nation seeking regime change.
The money exchanging "between Iran and Europe sends the wrong message at the wrong time. Foreign aid from European taxpayers perpetuates the regime's ability to neglect the needs of its people and stifles meaningful policy changes," Hook said in a statement. "More money in the hands of the Ayatollah means more money to conduct assassinations in those very European countries."
"The Iranian people face very real economic pressures caused by their government's corruption, mismanagement, and deep investment in terrorism and foreign conflicts," Hook added. "The United States and the European Union should be working together instead to find lasting solutions that truly support Iran's people and end the regime's threats to regional and global stability."
Europe should also keep notice of the fact that providing such money to the Iranian regime will not sit well in the minds of Members of Congress in the United States, raising eyebrows on a bipartisan scale.
The Iranian regime is already feeling the pain of U.S. sanctions.
“The Islamic Republic’s crude sales dropped by 600,000 barrels to 1.68 million barrels per day (b/d) in the first half of August, a 20% decrease from the same time in July. Exports are down a whopping 62% since May, when Iranian oil sales reached a record 2.7 million b/d,” according to a recent Forbes report.