Former Vice President Mike Pence visited Iranian dissidents in Albania on Thursday and praised their efforts to replace theocratic rule with a democratic and secular government – and called on the Biden administration to withdraw from negotiations to enter into a renewed Iran nuclear deal. Serves to “empower and enrich” the current regime.
“I traveled more than 5,000 miles from my home in Indiana to stay here today because we share a common cause: the liberation of the Iranian people from decades of tyranny and the rebirth of a free, peaceful, prosperous and democratic Iran,” the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) said. Said Pence with activists at headquarters.
Pence is visiting an Albanian safe haven for the NCRI, which has received support from a number of Trump-era officials, including an umbrella group for dissident groups opposed to the regime and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
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Pence met with Mariam Rajavini, President-elect of the NCRI, and victims of human rights abuses in the country, before addressing a gathering of activists, praising their struggle and saying that the American people would stand by them. Iran nuclear deal through the Trump administration in 2018.
“I am proud that under the Trump-Pence administration, in our time, America has not listened to the pleas of the Iranian people and we have not remained silent in the face of the countless atrocities of the Iranian regime,” he said. . “We are proud to stand with the freedom-loving people of Iran. We have rescinded the Iran nuclear deal, which has flooded the regime’s coffers with tens of billions of dollars and cash pallets – money it uses to oppress its own people and for deadly support. Attacks around the world.”
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The NCRI, which has offices in Washington, D.C., has taken a tough stance against Iran by the West – and has opposed attempts to re-enter into the Iran deal, warning that the regime cannot be trusted to comply with the terms. It is the political wing of the Mujahideen-e-Khalk, the main opposition movement in Iran that recently launched several cyber-attacks in Iran, removing security cameras and government websites.
The Trump administration withdrew from the 2015 agreement, imposing restrictions on Iran’s nuclear activities in lieu of sanctions easing, and began re-imposing sanctions waves in 2018 as part of a “maximum pressure” strategy designed to increase heat. Prevent its aggression through governance and proxies in the area. The administration has also launched a strike to oust the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp Quds, Qassem Suleimani.
Negotiations designed to bring both the US and Iran back into agreement have stalled amid demands from Iran’s new tough government and demands from Russia that sanctions imposed on Moscow for its invasion of Ukraine should not affect its trade relations. With Iran.
Pence criticized efforts to re-engage in the deal, calling it a “dangerous mistake” that would only serve to help the regime and do little to prevent its path toward the nuclear bomb.
“The renewed nuclear deal will not lead to peace and stability. It will lead to more terrorism, death and destruction. The renewed agreement with Iran will not block Iran’s path to a nuclear bomb. It will pave the way for gold.” He he said. “And the renewed Iran nuclear deal will not benefit the Iranian people in any way, it will only strengthen and enrich the corrupt regime that has oppressed and persecuted the Iranian people for generations.”
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“Pence then turned his attention to the administration, calling for it to withdraw from the talks and support the NCRI’s opposition efforts.
“Today, we urge the Biden administration to immediately withdraw from all nuclear talks with Tehran, to support the organized opposition in Iran, and to make it clear that the United States and our allies will never allow the regime in Tehran to acquire nuclear weapons,” he said.
Pence was one of many Republicans who opposed the Biden administration’s move to keep America back in the Iran deal. In March, a group of 49 Republican senators pledged not to ratify the agreement and to overturn any agreement that would weaken sanctions and reduce nuclear restrictions.
“The nuclear restrictions in this new agreement appear to be significantly lower than the 2015 nuclear deal, which is very weak and will in fact seriously undermine US leverage to get a ‘longer and stronger’ agreement,” they said. “Furthermore, the agreement is likely to further enhance Iran’s economic and security ties with Moscow and Beijing, including arms sales.”
Ben Evansky of Fox News contributed to this report