728 x 90

Significance of sanctions against Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader

Khamenei's fundamentalist octopus
Khamenei's fundamentalist octopus

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, June 27, 2019 - Sanctions against Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his office is a major blow to the regime’s existence following this year’s events.

Despite the political dispute between the U.S and the Iranian regime, which has triggered various predictions on both ends of the spectrum, we are now witnessing that developments are becoming more and more focused on what really matters.


The new round of propaganda by the Iranian regime

In the past two weeks, the Iranian regime's actions have been desperate and weak, and another iteration of the mullahs' old tactic of trying to exude power to conceal their own weakness.

The culmination of this method was seen during the Iran-Iraq war. At the time, Khomeini chanted “liberating Quds through Karbala” slogan. The consequences of that war, troubled Khomeini’s successors, creating various political rifts in the regime which continues to haunt it until now. 

These days, we witness the mullahs' propaganda machine resort to the same tactics at a very large scale. The purpose is project power for the regime's forces, who have been isolated and outcast by the people of Iran.


The meaning of sanctions against Khamenei

Recent developments show that the U.S. is seeking a global consensus against the Iranian regime.

Part of this policy is sanctioning Khamenei and his office. These sanctions are much more important from a political angle than the other economic sanctions. Sanctions that target the leader of the Iranian regime could have critical consequences in the future.  Sanctioning Khamenei is economically important because he and his office are one of the most important pillars of the financial oligarchy in Iran’s monetary system. 


The new balance of power after the sanctions against Khamenei

The importance of new sanctions against Khamenei should be viewed in an emerging new political balance. A new political balance between the Iranian people and the mullahs' regime. The main fear of Khamenei and his regime from the range of sanctions that have targeted his establishment is the political consequences it will have in the face-off between the people and the ruling mullahs.

In this regard, it is important that we refer to the importance of the efforts by the Iranian resistance in shedding light on the regime’s illicit activities. It is mentionable that, for 40 years, the Iranian resistance insisted on the “principle of freedom” as the main focus of its struggle against the regime, and based on this principle continues its political struggle and enlightening in the world. Therefore, the Iranian resistance, based on the “principle of freedom,” stood firmly for the crucial needs of the Iranian people, facing the theoretical regime and guiding the world toward ensuring the national and historical interests of the Iranian nation.


The Iranian resistance's history in pushing for sanctions against Khamenei

Khamenei’s sanctioning was one of the long-sought demands of the Iranian resistance. We refer to some of them.

On February 10, 2018, Iranian opposition President Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), while referring to Khamenei’s speech who described corruption as a “hydra," said: “Yes, the regime’s corruption is like a hydra, but the main head of this hydra is the Khamenei himself.”

On December 15, 2018, Mrs. Rajavi, in a message to the international Iranian convention, urged the European and the U.S. government to sanction the Iranian regime and said: “Let the hands of this criminal regime be cut off from Iran’s oil revenues which is our national asset. Every barrel of oil the regime sells is a lash on the back of the people of Iran and a bullet piercing the heart of the people of the region."

“The regime’s financial lifelines which fund Khamenei’s apparatus, the IRGC, the terrorist Ouds Force, and the religious Gestapo must be blocked” Mrs. Rajavi added, referring to the importance of sanctioning Khamenei and his office as one of the main sponsors of regime’s terrorism and crime.

At the end of the same message, addressing the UN, Mrs. Rajavi said: “The dossier of the regime’s continuing crimes against humanity must be referred to the UN Security Council, and Khamenei, Rouhani and other regime leaders must face justice.”

The terrorist designation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a “Foreign Terrorist Organization” (FTO) marked the beginning of a new chapter in the history of the relations of the US and the international community with the Iranian regime. It's a clear sign hinting to the mullahs' end drawing near. As Mrs. Rajavi had repeatedly said, these sanctions and the blacklisting of the IRGC must be complemented with the terrorist designation of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and Khamenei’s office.