Sec. Pompeo Visits with Mrs. Maryam Rajavi in Ashraf-3, Albania
May 16, 2022
Today, marking the sixth day of the nationwide uprising in Iran where people from various provinces have taken to the streets calling for regime change and democracy, the 70th United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid a visit to Ashraf 3, home to thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran in Mainz, Albania. More....
Biden Warned By Iranian American Scientists, Scholars Over Perils Of Removing Terror Status
Iranian-Americans urge the Biden administration to consider human rights in its negotiations with Tehran
By Caitlin McFall| Fox News
A group of more than 500 Iranian American scientists, scholars and engineers urged President Biden Tuesday to not remove the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from the U.S. list of foreign terrorist organizations as nuclear talks stall.
Biden made bringing Tehran back under a nuclear deal a cornerstone of his candidacy, and indirect talks facilitated by European partners have continued for nearly a year. Read More...
– Distinguished policy and national security experts called for maintaining Iran’s IRGC on the list of Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) of the U.S. Department of State, argued for no sanctions relief, and highlighted the prospects for change in Iran, during a conference organized by the U.S. Representative Office of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI-US). The speakers i
in the New Iranian Year
WASHINGTON DC – On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in a virtual policy briefing on Iran, Democratic and Republican senators came together to discuss proper U.S. policy on Iran, in light of the Iranian regime’s malign activities in the region, human rights violations, continued nuclear defiance and its full support for the invasion of Ukraine.
February 13, 2022
Dozens of Dems, GOP lawmakers call for a democratic Iran on the anniversary of 1979 revolution
Lawmakers accused the regime of having 'stole the leadership of the revolution'
By Adam Shaw | Fox News
Over 50 House lawmakers, both Democrat and Republican, used the anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution to renew U.S. calls for a free and democratic Iran -- just as the regime in Tehran faced its own troubles at home.
At a virtual conference organized by the Organization of Iranian American Communities, dozens of lawmakers marked the anniversary of the 1979 revolution, when Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi’s government fell after mass demonstrations. It would be followed by the establishment of an Islamic Republic with a supreme leader having final say on state matters.
The lawmakers called for a secular, democratic Iran, noting past resolutions affirming that position.
"For too long, the Iranian people have been deprived of their fundamental freedoms, for which reason they rejected dictatorship in 1979 and oppose religious tyranny today," Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., said. "And that’s why I became the chief sponsor of House Resolution 118, expressing support for the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and non-nuclear republic of Iran and condemning violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism by the current Iranian regime."
Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, said that the clerics of Iran "stole the leadership of the revolution" and eliminated dissent in the days following the 1979 revolution, and said the Iranian people retain their desire for freedom and democracy.
He also called for an international tribunal into new hardline President Ebrahim Raisi, who is linked to mass executions in 1988. He also warned against giving concessions to Iran as part of talks to re-establish the Iran nuclear deal.
"Giving concession to the Iranian regime will embolden them to kill their own people, to wage terror in the region, and rapidly dash to a nuclear bomb," he said. "I urge the Biden administration to quickly change course with Iran and pay attention to what over 250 bipartisan House members said in H.Res.118, and that is ‘we stand with the people of Iran who are continuing to hold legitimate and peaceful protests against an oppressive and corrupt regime.’ Iran deserves that."
Rep. Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, said that the people of Iran "must have the right to determine their own future and to ensure that their rights of expression, religious belief, political opinion, assembly, and a representative government are truly respected."
"The barbaric imprisonment and execution of the courageous pro-democracy activists must finally end," he said.
"Since 1979, the Iranian people have yearned for the opportunity to live in a democratic, secular, nonnuclear republic, free from oppression by kings, dictators, and religious extremists," Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif., said. "Men, women, children, Kurds, Bahai, Christians, Jews, and Muslims have all suffered for decades at the hands of an oppressive regime solely focused on maintaining absolute power rather than helping the Iranian people."
National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) President-elect Maryam Rajavi told lawmakers that lifting sanctions would "only lead to more conflict, carnage and insecurity in the region and warned against any U.S. policy that would "appease the mullahs."
"The right policy is within reach," she said. "This is a policy that recognizes the right of the Iranian people and the Iranian Resistance to overthrow the religious fascism ruling Iran."
Meanwhile, in Tehran, thousands of cars and motorbikes paraded in celebration, but there were fewer people out on the streets.
Crowds waved Iranian flags, chanting slogans and carrying placards that read "Death to America" and "Death to Israel" in celebration of the anniversary
However, there were also some anti-regime acts as part of the anniversary. The NCRI touted video of what appeared to be chants of "Death to [Supreme Leader Ali] Khamenei and Raisi," and other anti-regime slogans broadcast by what the organization said were resistance units in Tehran’s main shopping center.
The NCRI said there were more than 40 resistance campaigns across the country to protest the regime in recent days, the latest instance of a continuing resistance movement within the country.
The anniversary comes as talks are again taking place in Vienna on re-establishing the Iran deal, from which the Trump administration withdrew in 2018 but the Biden administration has sought to re-enter.
The State Department last week waived sanctions related to Iran’s civilian nuclear activities as part of its efforts to bring the regime back into compliance with the deal.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken signed a waiver that restored the ability of foreign companies and other countries to participate in civilian nuclear and safety projects in Iran without facing U.S. sanctions.
Democrats join Republicans at Iran conference trashing Obama’s nuclear deal
Hawks continue pressure as Biden administration looks closer to deal
Hawks continue pressure as Biden administration looks closer to deal
Proponents of further pressure and an aggressive stance towards Iran’s government are continuing to make their voices heard on Capitol Hill even as the Biden administration looks to be leaving them behind in favor of the policies pursued by the previous Democratic administration.
On Friday dozens of lawmakers in both major parties attended an event hosted by the Organization of Iranian American Communities, which declared that it supports the goals National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an international group of Iranian dissidents who fiercely oppose Iran’s government and in particular its current president, Ebrahim Raisi, for his alleged participation in human rights abuses and massacres.
At the event, the members of Congress (a group largely made up of Republicans as well as centrist or conservative Democrats) affirmed their support for Iran’s people while denouncing the Iranian government. Meanwhile, the event’s keynote speaker Maryam Rajavi used her address to call on the assembled lawmakers of both parties to push the US government away from the path currently being taken by the Biden administration that appears to be leading the US and Iran back into compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.
Democrats in attendance included Reps Zoe Lofgren, Sheila Jackson Lee, and Brad Sherman, the latter of whom serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its relevant subcommittee on the Middle East. They listened as Ms Rajavi denounced “a decade [of] useless negotiations with the regime” which she argued led to “the opportunity to advance its nuclear project”.
She would go on to push for a much stronger position than the Biden administration is taking towards Iran; a policy of nuclear site inspections “anytime and anywhere” and a commitment to the UN sanctions lifted as part of the 2015 deal, then reimposed by the US after the Trump administration withdrew from the agreement.
He added: “I am proud to be a cosponsor of House Resolution 118 to express support for the Iranian people’s desire for a democratic, secular, and nonnuclear republic of Iran. And I support the resolution’s condemnation of violations of human rights and state-sponsored terrorism by the Iranian government.”
Other members of the party who have attended events held by OIAC or NCRI in the past have been less hesitant to share their advice on the matter. Former Congressman Eliot Engel, who chaired the Foreign Affairs panel, told The Independent last year that he was pushing the president to reach “a new deal, a better deal, one that brings Iran closer to democracy” rather than return to the one negotiated under his former boss, Barack Obama.
Biden administration officials told the New York Times in late January that the administration was on the verge of reaching an agreement to revitalize the 2015 nuclear deal, a development that would be a significant blow to Iran hawks who saw their policies championed by the Trump administration and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and have argued that economic pressure including international sanctions can weaken Iran’s regime to the point of total collapse.
Under the terms currently being discussed by senior diplomats from both countries, “we can see a path to a deal if those decisions are made and if they are made quickly”, a State Department official told the Times last month.
Bipartisan Congressional Iran Briefing on Anniversary of the 1979 Revolution for Freedom in Iran
US Navy seized Iranian petroleum products and hundreds of missiles from vessels in Arabian Sea.
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The US Navy seized hundreds of Iranian missiles and 1.1 million barrels of Iranian petroleum products from vessels in the Arabian Sea in what became the US government's "largest-ever forfeiture of fuel and weapons shipments from Iran," according to a release from the Justice Department.
Maryam Rajavi addresses first day of Free Iran World Summit July 10, 2021
On Saturday, July 10, 2021, the three-day Free Iran World Summit- 2021 convened with the participation of Iranians and supporters of the Resistance from more than 50,000 locations in 105 countries around the world. Also participating were thousands of members of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) More.....
Everything You Need To Know About Human Rights In Iran
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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) Speaks at OIAC House Congressional Briefing, 10/30/2019
Iran Untold Story
Welcome to Iran: The Untold Story. Here, we take a close look at Iran’s role in supporting international terrorism, its pursuit of nuclear weapons, its systematic massacring and imprisoning of political opponents, and the ongoing efforts of dissidents, including Iranian-American interest groups, to bring freedom, equality, and lasting change to Iran.
Secretary Pompeo (Twitter) (Apr. 8 , 2019): “In an important step to counter the Iranian regime’s terrorism, the U.S. has designated the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, incl. Qods Force, as a Foreign Terrorist Organization. We must help the people of Iran get back their freedom.” Remarks» Fact Sheet» Media Note» White House Statement»Maximum Pressure Results» Outlaw Regime Report»
SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning. I’m here to make an important foreign policy announcement concerning the Islamic Republic of Iran. Today the United States is continuing to build its maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian regime. I am announcing our intent to designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its Qods Force, as a foreign terrorist organization in accordance with Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. This designation will take effect one week from today...More...
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi message to Paris 2016 Rally for Free Iran, July 9, 2016
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- June 30, 2018
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham goes on 'The Story' to discuss President Trump's doctrine on Iran
Jul 23, 2018
BY RUDY GIULIANI
We are now, I believe, very realistic in being able to see an end of the regime in Iran... We've lived through this before in other oppressed countries — when the people take to the streets, and they protest day after day like they've done in over 142 cities in Iran, like they did the other day in Tehran ... when that happens, then freedom is right around
BY MICHAEL MUKASEY
We have heard — and we will hear — that, finally, the stars seem to be aligned to accomplish what we all want to accomplish, which is the downfall of the mullahs' regime ...We hear that the economic rot in Tehran and the political rot in Tehran finally matches the moral rot that has always been at the core of the mullahs' regime.
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Hailey on Iran Protests.
Scenes from deadly protests in Iran
Unrest in Iran erupted for a sixth-straight day Tuesday as demonstrators protest the countries economic troubles.
The demonstrations, the country's biggest in years, were provoked by the high cost of living and widespread unemployment, challenging President Hassan Rouhani's economic policies.
Clashes between protesters and security forces have resulted in hundreds of arrests and 21 deaths.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed "the enemies of Iran" of meddling in the country's affairs. Rouhani, a moderate in the Islamic Republic leadership, has said the demonstrators are actually calling for "more freedom," suggesting that the protesters are targeting hardliners rather than his government's policies. more...
The Christmas and New Year 2018 Message of Maryam Rajavi
NCRI, 25 December 2017
On the eve of birthday of the holly Jesus Christ, and on the occasion of the upcoming New Year 2018. Maryam Rajavi the president elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran sent a message to all the Christians in Iran and all over the world, the following is the full text of the message:
Fellow Christian compatriots,
Followers of Jesus Christ around the world,
I would like to extend my sincere congratulations for Christmas,
John McCain supports Iranian protesters against oppression, corruption
Republican senator John McCain has voiced support to Iranian protesters who took to streets against the clerical rule and corruption in the Shiite country.McCain wrote on Twitter, "For too long, the Iranian people have been oppressed by their government, which cares more about sowing instability abroad than its own citizens. The US stands with the brave protesters who yearn for freedom, peace, and an end to corruption in Iran".The protests that erupted Thursday mainly opposed the economic problems in the country, but it then turned political. At least 11 protesters were killed, and hundreds were
Statement by SASC Chairman John McCain on President Trump Imposing Sanction on Iran
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released the following statement today on President Trump’s decision to impose additional sanctions on Iran:
“I welcome President Trump’s decision to impose additional sanctions on Iran. For too long, a myopic focus on the Iran..
Arizona Proclamation April 11, 2017
To urge the United States Government to confront the main source of international terrorism sponsored by the Government of Iran and designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization responsible for the deaths of hundreds of members of the United States Armed Forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, among other places.
WHEREAS, designated as a State Sponsor of Terrorism in 1984 by the US State Department, Iran has remained the most active state sponsor of terrorism because of IRGC’s financial, material, and logistic support for terrorist and militant groups throughout the Middle East and Central Asia.
WASHINGTON — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey joined 14 other GOP governors Tuesday in vowing to maintain states' economic sanctions against Iran even if federal sanctions are dropped as part of the pending nuclear agreement.
In a letter to President Barack Obama, the governors criticized the federal deal, saying it would lift sanctions "without any guarantee that Iran's drive toward obtaining a nuclear weapon will be halted
Senator John McCain Blasts Obama Admin's Iran Policy on Senate Floor, Says U.S. Trying Not To Upset Tehran
February 4, 2016 6:07 pm
Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) on Thursday lambasted the Obama administration's Iran policy for humiliating the United States and increasing violence in the region, focusing particularly on Iran's growing aggression after the nuclear deal it struck with the U.S. and five other world powers.
Speaking on the Senate floor, McCain argued the president is disengaging from the Middle East while tilting the regional balance of power in favor of Iran at the expense of U.S. allies when greater American leadership is required.
Arizona House Floor Session
April, 11, 2017
On April 11, 2017, the Arizona House of Representative issued a Proclamation urging the US Government to “confront the main source of international terrorism sponsored by the Government of Iran and designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization.”
The Organization of Iranian American Communities – U.S. (OIAC), particularly its members in Arizona, welcome and applaud the Proclamation issued by the House of Representatives in Arizona.
Organization of Iranian American Communities - U.S. Endorses Senator John McCain for the U.S. Senate
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On behalf of our members in Arizona, and on behalf of the thousands of Iranian-Americans living across the United States, the Organization of Iranian American Communities – U.S. (OIACUS) is proud to endorse the candidacy of Senator John McCain for re-election to the U.S. Senate. We applaud his unsurpassable record of courage, integrity, and service to country, and we are gratified to stand with Senator McCain has been a role model for civility and ethics at a time when such virtues are sorely missed in U.S. politics. He has also been a visionary advocate for a strong, moral U.S. leadership in the Middle East,