Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, June 6, 2018 - A new Senate Republicans investigation provides a shocking insight into how the Obama administration secretly went the limits to provide the Iranian regime access to the American financial system, according to an Associated Press report. Such measures would be carried out through sidestepping post-Iran nuclear deal sanctions, all the while claiming to Congress and the public no such plans were in place, reports indicate.
The Obama administration sought to guarantee Tehran enjoyed benefits while averting any actions that would eventually play into the hands of the nuclear deal’s opponents.
The Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was opposed by the Iranian opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) and People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), arguing it would only buy Tehran time and provide the mullahs a window to further their deadly influence across the region.
The new Senate reports indicate how in February 2016 Obama’s Treasury Department issued a license allowing Tehran to convert $5.7 billion worth of Omani rials into euros by briefly exchanging them into US dollars, all at the Oman bank. Without such a license, the Oman bank would be found in sanctions violation barring the Iranian regime from transactions that access the U.S. financial system.
While the effort remained unsuccessful, it is worth noting that the Obama administration attempted to convince two U.S. banks to facilitate the rial-dollar-euro conversion.
These actions are being described as yet another “above and beyond” measure in line with appeasing the Iranian regime. Tehran was already provided billions of dollars, both in cash and sanctions relief, fueling a windfall to expand its support for terrorism and influence across the Middle East.
Following U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the JCPOA, the NCRI issued a statement emphasizing:
“After several decades of appeasing the religious fascism ruling and victimizing the Iranian people and Resistance, and simultaneous with the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action – JCPOA), the President of the United States declared that the lavish payments to the clerical regime by the previous U.S. administration had been disastrous, adding that the sinister regime ruling Iran, the leading state sponsor of terror in the world today, ‘has funded its long reign of chaos and terror by plundering the wealth of its own people.’
Known for blowing the whistle on the Iranian regime’s clandestine nuclear weapons program under the guise of a civil energy apparatus, the NCRI has a history of revelations warning the international community of Tehran’s dangerous intentions.
“As in the past, any future investment in this regime is doomed to failure. As the Iranian Resistance has persistently declared, standing with the criminal mullahs, and empowering those responsible for, and the perpetrators of, the massacre of the Iranian people’s valiant children, will only embolden the religious fascists’ warmongering, export of fundamentalism and terrorism,” the statement adds citing NCRI President Maryam Rajavi.
This new revelation further proves the completely flawed JCPOA nature and underscores the necessity to both maintain pressure on the Iranian regime and increase the tone to have Iran’s mullahs adhere to the demands raised by the international community.