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Negotiations out of fear or power

Mullahs' Regim tolerance
Mullahs' Regim tolerance

Analysis by PMOI/MEK

 

Feb. 12, 2019 - Widespread crises in Iran has led officials to desperately look for solutions to escape the current economic and social downfall. But the makeshift prescription emanating out of the boiling chaos among the ruling elite are sometimes pointed to 180 degrees different directions which further escalate the quarrels among the ruling factions, especially when it comes to negotiating with the “Great Satan”—Islamic Republic’s official term for the United States of America.

In an interview on February 8, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, chairman of the security and foreign relations committee in the Majlis (parliament), expressed his desire for negotiations with the United States in the typical backward way of Iranian regime politicians.

“I believe that after the great February 11 demonstration [anniversary of 1979 Revolution], by conducting a policy that combines anti-corruption reforms and constructive management inside [the country] with constructive engagement with the world except for the U.S, we can gradually create a situation that the U.S. approaches negotiations with Iran,” Fallahatpisheh said.

In a meeting with ambassadors and representatives of foreign countries, Iranian regime president Hassan Rouhani said in a similar fashion: “If the U.S. repents and changes course… we are ready to accept the repentance and change of even the U.S. that has done us injustice for years.”

In contrast, Mahmoud Alavi, Rouhani’s minister of intelligence, said last week that Iranian people wouldn’t want their leaders to negotiate with the U.S. despite their current economic miseries.

“The people understand this and won’t ever damage their national unity because of the impact of [our] enemies’ on their lives and won’t have treat their officials unkindly and deny them the opportunity to solve the difficulties and won’t put pressure on them to sit at a negotiation table with the U.S. out of weakness so that the people are comforted and their problems are solved.”

It’s just outrageous how Alavi allows himself to speak on behalf of ordinary Iranians who can’t afford a kilogram of meat to put on their families’ tables.

Mohammadreza Naqdi, cultural deputy of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, criticizes those who are hopeful to solve economic difficulties through “negotiations” and says: “The Supreme Leader has said years ago that he isn’t optimistic about negotiations with the U.S. and the country’s economic [difficulties] won’t be solved through negotiation with the U.S. and today we have experienced that negotiations don’t solve the difficulties of the nation.”

Currently, whether the Iranian regime chooses to negotiate with the U.S. or avoids doing so, the end-result will be damaging to the whole Iranian regime.

In order for the regime to start negotiating with the U.S., it first needs to accept the 12-point-plan of U.S secretary of state Mike Pompeo, abandoning its nuclear, ballistic missiles, and regional hegemonic ambitions.

Analysts believe that the essence of the Pompeo’s 12-point-plan contradicts with the fundamentalist philosophy of the Islamic Republic and accepting it will lead to its eventual collapse.

On the other hand, if the Iranian regime chooses to continue its current path of defying international laws and standards, further isolation and economic sanctions await and will accelerate the demise of Iran’s already fatally-ill economy.

 

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