A nuclear deal with Tehran that gives “sizable concessions” to the regime “will have as its inevitable conclusion the intensification of the regime’s interference and aggression in the region,” the President-elect of the main opposition National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) told the Washington Times on Thursday.
In an exclusive interview with the Times, Maryam Rajavi said the only way for a deal to truly block Tehran from developing nuclear bombs, according to Mrs. Rajavi, would be to completely halt uranium enrichment, totally dismantle Iran’s nuclear sites and guarantee that snap inspections can be held by U.N. officials “anywhere, anytime” inside Iran.
She made the remarks days before a huge annual gathering of the NCRI scheduled to be held on Saturday in Villepinte, near Paris.
According to the Washington Times, “Organizers expect there will be well over 100,000 supporters at the rally.
Mrs. Rajavi says she intends to trumpet a simple but aggressive message: ‘The religious dictatorship ruling Iran — which is based on the doctrine of velayat-e faqih, or ‘absolute clerical rule’ — serves as the stimulus and epicenter of the menace of fundamentalism masquerading as Islam in the region and the rest of the world.’”
Mrs. Rajavi also talked about the regional crisis in the Middle East, in which the regime has played a major role by exporting terror and extremist ideology.
She told the Times, “The main objective of fundamentalism is to establish an Islamic Caliphate and to implement Sharia law by force,” Mrs. Rajavi said, according to the Times. “This phenomenon does not recognize any borders and its Shiite and Sunni variants are essentially cut from the same cloth.”
The Times underscored the strength of the NCRI as a potent opposition force to the ruling clerics in Iran, saying, “NCRI has come to be known during more recent years as perhaps the only dissent group on the planet with enough money and political juice to rally tens of thousands of supporters in the heart of Europe each June behind a collective call for the overthrow of Iran’s Shiite Islamist government.”
The Times quoted Mrs. Rajavi as saying, “We want a pluralist system, freedom of parties and assembly,” she said. “We respect all individual freedoms [and] we underscore complete freedom of expression and the media and unconditional access by all to the Internet.
“This is something that is completely attainable in Iran,” said Mrs. Rajavi, who accused Western powers of “standing against the Iranian people’s will.”