In the National Interest of Jan. 17, 2018, (in an aritcle written with Ivan Sascha Sheehan), we noted: "The diverse coalition of demonstrators that have taken to the streets is making it clear that the theocracy ruling Iran has no future." In that article we quoted then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo: "This is a theocratic regime that is looking backwards, instead of a regime that is looking forward to make the lives of their people better . . . It is my full expectation that you will see the Iranian people continue to revolt against this."
First, now is time to increase pressure on Tehran and provide no breathing room, as Iranians settle scores with ruling clerics, pursuant to the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI). It is also the largest and longest-standing Iranian opposition group with a five-decade history of struggling for freedom and democracy in Iran.
Second, When Iranians rose up against crimes of corrupt dictators, President Trump did not stay silent. He said, "America stands with the people of Iran in their courageous struggle for freedom," according to the President in his first State of the Union remarks to the Congress on January 30, 2018. And then there was a rally:
Vice President Mike Pence acknowledged the rally, when he told CBS's "Face the Nation," "What we want to do is stand with the Iranian people, thousands of whom gathered outside the White House, and thousands of whom took to the streets last year in communities across Iran." Also click here and here.
Third, regarding "maximum pressure," Treasury targeted the Iran Space Agency, Iran Space Research Center and the Astronautics Research Institute, according to the The New York Times.
Fourth, on May 8, 2019, Trump announced America would cease participating in the nuclear deal with Iran and embark on a new strategy to end Iran’s destabilizing behavior and prevent it from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Trump promised America would never be held hostage to Tehran’s nuclear blackmail and would counter its destabilizing activities.
Trump made good on his promise to thwart Iran in a "comprehensive campaign of maximum pressure."
Secretary Pompeo tightened restrictions that impede Iran’s ability to reconstitute its past nuclear weapons program and prevent it from shortening time taken to produce fissile material for a nuclear weapon.
President Trump announced a new sanctions authority targeting trade in Iranian metals. This announcement targets Iran’s largest non-oil related export and further degrades the regime’s ability to fund terror and instability.
Tehran’s announcement it intends to expand the nuclear program is in defiance of international norms and an attempt to hold the world hostage Tehran’s threat to renew nuclear work to shorten time to develop a nuclear weapon underscores continuing challenges Iran poses to peace and security worldwide, according to the "First Anniversary of President Trump’s New Iran Strategy," articulated by Secretary Pompeo.
Prof. Raymond Tanter (@AmericanCHR) served as a senior member on the Middle East Desk of the National Security Council staff in the Reagan-Bush administration, Personal Representative of the Secretary of Defense to international security and arms control talks in Europe, and is now Professor Emeritus at the University of Michigan. Tanter is on the comprehensive list of conservative writers and columnists who appear in The Wall Street Journal, Townhall.com, National Review, The Weekly Standard, Human Events, The American Spectator, and now in Newsmax. Read Raymond Tanter's ' Reports — More Here.
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