Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, August 30, 2019–As international crises increase for the regime ruling Iran, the mullahs’ President Hassan Rouhani launched an attack on his political rivals and their meddling in government affairs. “In such circumstances, no president would ever accomplish anything,” he said on Wednesday, August 28. He called for “necessary authorities” and asked, “What sense of responsibility do you expect from an individual without authority?”
Rouhani went on to raise serious complaints about the regime’s appropriations entities, linked to Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. “The appropriations entities in the country are making a mistake,” he said while calling on senior officials in this apparatus to “rethink a bit.”
In an attack targeting the regime’s judiciary, he called on officials to review their cases without “political prejudice.”
“Anyone who is president in this country” will be unsuccessful and “will reach nowhere,” he added.
In parallel fashion, Iranian regime Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi (Araghchi) has made unprecedented remarks that further display the mullahs’ internal disputes. "Any U.S. president other than Trump would have also pulled out of the nuclear deal with Iran,” he said on Wednesday, August 28, according to the regime’s official IRNA news agency.
In an attempt to criticize the rival faction, Araqchi admitted that after the nuclear deal, his regime ratcheted up its meddling in neighboring countries, further destabilizing the region.
U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal back in May 2018, criticizing it as a faulty deal and demanding significant behavior changes from Iran’s regime.
Various Iranian and international analysts had previously said that the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal, known officially as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was inevitable regardless of who is in the White House as the deal only temporarily limited Iran's nuclear and military capabilities.
However, Araqchi became the first Iranian regime official who has publicly acknowledged the JCPOA’s deep flaws that any U.S. President other than Donald Trump would have also carried out similar measures.
Speaking at "Foreign Intelligence and Security Organization in the Second Step of the Revolution" conference, Araqchi also reiterated Tehran's stance on the 2015 nuclear deal and Iran-U.S ties.
"Donald Trump's maximum pressure policy about Iran aims at pushing the Islamic Republic of Iran toward an implosion, or forcing it to return to negotiations with Trump's conditions,” he said.
The Iranian regime’s response to that is "maximum resistance and mobilization." Araqchi's remarks show a distinct similarity with positions normally espoused by Iran's hardliners. This proves, yet again, that while some in the West describe Rouhani and members of his cabinet as “moderates,” this is merely a hoax and all Iranian regime officials are merely different characters in Khamenei’s masquerade.