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“War with PMOI/MEK is an existential battle,” says senior Iran regime figure

Seyed Mohammad Saeedi, Friday prayer imam in Qom, central Iran
Seyed Mohammad Saeedi, Friday prayer imam in Qom, central Iran

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Jan. 27, 2019 - “The state’s war against the [Iranian opposition People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK)] and the global front of our enemies is an existential battle. And they want to behead us.”

These were the remarks of Seyed Mohammad Saeedi, the Friday prayer imam in Qom, central Iran, on Friday in the city of Mashhad, northeast Iran, prior to the official Friday prayer sermon. These figures are considered high-ranking regime insiders and representatives of Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei in each city and province.

“The enemy’s front is vast. It is not limited to the borders, such as the era of the Sacred Defense (referring to the Iran-Iraq war back in the 1980s)... This is one of the enemy’s fronts. The enemy is attempting to infiltrate through all fronts, all channels. They are everywhere, especially through new technology through devices and tools that they have, they have infiltrated into our homes, the markets, the universities, the religious centers, in cyberspace, inside the country and abroad. This enemy has spread everywhere,” he said.

“The message of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the U.S. and all the vast arrogant front and the [PMOI/MEK], and all their agents are fighting against… What does it mean when I say our war against the enemy is over our very existence? It means that our enemies want us to be beheaded. The nuclear, missiles, human rights, our substantial advances, the issue of our presence across the region and everything else are all pretexts.

“It’s true that the U.S. has withdrawn from the nuclear deal and Europe hasn’t. However, in practice they are in line with the U.S. Although on issues that is in their interests, they have their differences.”

This senior regime insider considered the mullahs’ succumbing to conventions related to the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) as dangerous, self-sanctioning and destructive.

“The FATF issue that some officials aren’t letting go. I don’t know much but I do have a few things to say regarding this subject,” he said. One person in the crowd shouts, “They have ill intentions.”

Seyedi added, “One issue is that today we are involved in an economic war. In war, the issue of camouflage is highly important in the front lines. Those who don’t abide by this principle and it is made known when they intend to attack, they are already defeated. They want to disarm us; they want to accuse us through a law that we will have signed ourselves. [Khamenei] considers this economic war more important than military warfare. He said our war is an economic war. Cannons, bullets and rifles are not used in this war. However, the tools are far more dangerous than cannons and tanks. This is very sensitive. We all know the world has launched an economic war against us. In an economic war, they want us to sanction ourselves and destroy us.”