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Tehran is furious about next month’s Mid-East summit in Poland

The Iranian regime is afraid of the growing international consensus against its terrorist activities
The Iranian regime is afraid of the growing international consensus against its terrorist activities

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Jan. 15, 2019 - Since last Friday, when the U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced a ministerial summit on peace and security in the Middle East, a flurry of condemnations and warnings are coming out of Tehran.

Iranian state-run television broadcasted a report last Saturday, in which it described the reaction of the regime’s foreign minister Javad Zarif as such: “[Iranian] Foreign Minister described U.S. attempt to host a summit against Iran an anti-Iranian circus and disappointing. [Javad] Zarif criticized Poland for cooperating with the U.S. administration and added that while during the World War II, Iran rescued Polish countrymen, hosting an anti-Iranian circus by this country is disappointing.”

On the same day, Heshmatollah Falahatpisheh, chairman of the National Security and Foreign Policy Commission of the Iranian Parliament, described the summit as “psychological warfare”.

This summit “can turn into a losing battle for the U.S.” he said, while simultaneously asking for a “decisive response” to Poland.

Asked what he means by a “decisive response” to Poland, Falahatpisheh said: “Something beyond a simple complaint.”

Still in shock of the recent round of European sanctions against the Iranian intelligence ministry and revealing the almost-defeated Iranian game plan to divide the international community, Asr-e Iran website wrote: “While it appears that the Europeans still haven’t made up their minds about the hosting country for the economic exchange mechanism with Iran [Special Purpose Vehicle] (SPV), it’s interesting how a relatively important EU country is preparing to host an anti-Iranian summit.”

Asr-e Iran, which is close to Hassan Rouhani’s so-called moderate faction, also revealed Iran’s strategically weak position and the dilemma it faces and further wrote: “In response to news about next month’s summit in Poland, Iranian officials only considered it from the angle of bilateral relationships between the [Iranian] regime and Poland and also the hostile relationships between Washington and Tehran. They didn’t try to turn it into a European-Islamic Republic issue; Especially when the EU has passed new sanctions against the [Iranian] regime’s intelligence community.”

But yesterday the Iranian foreign policy establishment took the whole game to a new level and while still refraining from escalating the issue into an EU-Islamic Republic confrontation, it nonetheless stepped into unknown territories.

“In response to hosting the hypocrites [Iranian regime’s official term for the PMOI/MEK] by Poland, Bahram Qassemi, spokesperson for the foreign ministry, said: ‘There is no doubt that the Islamic Republic of Iran’s response to this act will be very serious and without any appeasement and considerations,’” Young Journalist Club reported.

“Poland must be held responsible for the consequences of this hosting and accept the responsibility for the outcome of participating and hosting a summit against an independent country, unless the Polish government eventually makes a wise move and changes the direction of this summit to something different than what it mentioned in its invitations,” Young Journalist Club quoted Bahram Ghassemi.

The amount of warning and threat in Ghassemi’s language is unusual in diplomatic parlance and makes one more curious about the text in the Polish invitations.

But there is a far more important message in how the report was put together by the YJC: The Iranian theocracy’s fear of its organized alternative, the PMOI.

By equaling a summit that officially aims at peace and security in the Middle East and containing the Iranian regime’s malevolent influence in the region to hosting the PMOI, the news agency, close to Khamenei’s faction, is clearly pointing at its undeniable redline.

In other words, there is nothing more fearsome to the Iranian theocracy than the existential threat that the PMOI/MEK poses to its rule.

At the end of the day, the Iranian regime is able to handle all sorts of sanctions and foreign intervention through propaganda and the use of raw violence. But it can’t tolerate an opposition that threatens its ideology of radical Islam at the roots.

The right response to four decades of Islamic terror around the world and particularly this very region is to embrace a tolerant interpretation of Islam represented by the National Council of Resistance of Iran’s president-elect Maryam Rajavi.

It is up to world leaders to manifest the intellectual capacity and mental courage to recognize the Iranian opposition and put an end to this decades-long nightmare.