No 265

News Bulletin of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

14 April 2008

Key ministers dismissed by Ahmadinejad
he clerical regime’s government spokesman announced on Wednesday, April 9, that the mullahs’ president had dismissed the Economy and Finance Minister Davoud Danesh Jaafari and Interior Minister Mostafa Pour Mohammadi. “The president told me that he has personally spoken to two of his colleagues in the cabinet and asked them to move to another position,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Elham as saying. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described purging of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s two key cabinet members as an indication of escalating trend in the mullahs’ regime faltering state following last month’s sham parliamentary elections.
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Clerical regime expedites efforts to acquire nuclear bomb
Maryam Rajavi: Comprehensive sanctions are imperative and should be implemented immediately

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ahmoud Ahmadinejad, the Iranian regime’s president, announced on April 8 the start of the installation of 6,000 new centrifuges. “Today the process of installing 6,000 advanced centrifuges started,” the state-run news agency ISNA, radio and television quoted Ahmadinejad as saying at Natanz site. Diplomats in Vienna said earlier that Iranian regime was installing advanced enrichment centrifuges in the underground Natanz installation, accelerating activities that could give Iran the means to produce atom bombs in the future if it chose to. Ahmadinejad’s remarks are the latest in defiance of implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions calling for suspension of activities that could be used to provide fuel for nuclear bomb. In a statement on April 8, Mrs. Maryam

Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, described remarks by Ahmadinejad as a clear indication of the clerical regime’s accelerating drive to obtain nuclear bomb. She urged the UN Security Council to adopt a firm policy and to impose immediate comprehensive sanctions against the regime. In Natanz, Ahmadinejad also talked about “good news” on the “nuclear and aerospace” fields. His reference to aerospace meant missile industries. He added: “Technical advancement is the cream of the work. All political issues should enable us to use this technology …. We have, of course, been successful in political arena to some extent, but after all we are a nuclear state and we should make use of all our nuclear potentials.” Mullahs’ interpretation of “all nuclear potentials” is atom bomb.
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PMOI families arrested, tortured in Iran

Iranian regime’s role negative in southern Iraq - US officials

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n recent months, there have been widespread arrests of families of PMOI members who had visited their relatives in Ashraf City, home to thousands of members of PMOI in northeast Baghdad, Iraq, a PMOI statement said on April 1, 2008. The PMOI has called on competent international bodies, the UN Secretary General and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take immediate measures to save the lives of families of the PMOI members in Iran. The PMOI statement detailing some of the accounts said: “Mrs. Zahra Assadpour, 50, and her daughter Fatemeh, 22, were picked up by Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) agents at Karaj’s Sassan Square on February 5, 2008. She was kept in Evin prison under the most inhuman conditions in the cold winter without
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n a discussion with western reporters on Thursday, April 3, the U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker said Iraqis have a sense that Iran was involved in starting the Basra fighting. Crocker said Iran was not instrumental in bringing about the cease-fire agreement. He unequivocally repeated that Iran continues to support militias in Iraq and added: Iran must decide whether “to support the state or the militias.” He said the rockets fired last week into the Baghdad Green Zone area were “quite literally

made in Iran,” and were manufactured in 2007. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Wednesday during a Pentagon press briefing, “I don’t have any independent confirmation with respect to the Iranian involvement in terms of brokering any outcome here at all. I can tell you that both broadly and specifically the Iranian involvement, particularly in that part of Iraq, has still not been very helpful. “We’re still finding IEDs. We’re finding
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Nowrouz celebrated in Auvers-sur-Oise, British Parliament
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REPORTS FROM IRAN

Clerical regime expedites efforts to acquire nuclear bomb
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On February 20, the Iranian Resistance revealed that the clerical regime was pursuing the manufacture of nuclear warheads in Khojir in Hemat Industrial Complex of the Aerospace Organization. Mrs. Rajavi added that the unprecedented purge during the recent Majlis elections and the regime’s unipolarization, unseen even during

Khomeini’s era, was aimed by Khamenei to pave the way to obtain nuclear bomb by all means, domestically and internationally. Khamenei intends to eliminate, she said, any possible schism within the regime’s ranks and to control his own faction within Majlis, so as to be prepared for confronting the crisis stemming from the regime’s nuclear drive which is moving forward “with no gear and brake.” Although Ahmadinejad is trying to pretend that firmness and sanctions against the regime is futile, but he had to acknowledge the impact of the Iranian Resistance’s revelations and the sanctions where he said, “The ill-wishers of the Iranian people are doing their utmost so that our nation would not have access to new technology. This may retard our progress.” In an interview with Japan’s Kyodo news

agency, April 4, Ahmadinejad rejected in advance any possible offer of incentives by the West in return for moratorium in uranium enrichment activities. He stipulated, “This is not negotiable,” and it belongs to the past. The President-elect of the Iranian Resistance reiterated that while the clerical regime was actively and with all available means violating the UN Security Council resolutions, the imposition of comprehensive military, technological, diplomatic, and oil sanctions by the UN Security Council is ever more imperative. Any delay or pinning hope on possible conciliation with the regime would only provide more time to the mullahs to acquire nuclear weapons which they consider as a strategic guarantee for their survival. The regime would not give up its bid to obtain unclear weapons under any circumstances, she reiterated.

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More suppressive measures in the year ahead
rig. Gen. Esmail Ahmadi-Moqadam chief of the State Security Forces (SSF) announced new suppressive “plans” in the year ahead, the state television reported on Monday, April 7. He stressed on the need for more undercover police tactics to control the public and said, “It is not possible in a society that has the habit of ‘seeing is believing’ to change that attitude over night. It takes time to move from a completely open police presence to undercover policing. We will do it step by step. However, we move in the direction of more undercover surveillance... We have to first develop the framework for under cover policing such as surveillance cameras, GPS’s, and other techniques.” The mullahs’ inhuman regime has realized that measures such as street beatings and arrests of women and youths are futile and ineffective in combating social unrests. Therefore, it has now turned to under cover surveillance to control the volatile state in Iran.

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She said that the sacking of two ministers is a reflection of mullahs’ disastrous failure in the elections and the unprecedented boycott by Iranians across the country. Prior to the election, Mostafa Poor-Mohammadi, former Interior Minister, anticipated that 35 million would turnout for the election. However, on the election day he backed off from his earlier prediction and announced that only 25 million participated. Then again, Poor-Mohammadi changed his mind when a vote count of individual cities and provinces were posted. Despite all vote riggings and major flaws as well as exaggerated figures given by the officials, finally the original figure for voters diminished to 22.8 million. Exposing the regime’s disastrous failure in the election sham, Mostafa Tajzadeh, former interior minister, said that the faction dominating mullahs’ parliament has only the support of 13 percent of the eligible voters. By referring to figures officially released, he said, “A minority of 13 percent are dominating the house of nation (parliament). It in fact means that this minority is dominating the whole state bodies… This is a gross political injustice where 87 percent of people have almost no role in the running of the country.” Mrs. Rajavi added that the mullahs’ regime had planed for a ruthless elimination of all rival factions from the Majlis (parliament) to pave the way for a “non-stop” pursuit of nuclear bomb as well as exporting fundamentalism and terrorism. To that end, there would be more inevitable resignations and sacking to come. She stressed that Ahmadinejad had no other choice but to speak about a “major purge.” On Wednesday, simultaneous with the recent purges of ministers, Ahmadinejad announced, “We must prepare ourselves for a major purge and a principle overhaul in route to reconstruction [of the country]. I witnessed over the first week following the [Iranian New Year] holidays, some resonant the words of enemies. Even before the government announces its plans they have already begun rejecting them.” He was speaking in a meeting in the northern city of Mashhad.

5,000 workers resume strike in the southern city of Shoosh

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,000 workers stopped work at the Sugar Cane Factory in the southern city of Shoosh on Tuesday, April 9. The workers went on strike when their agreement with the management over the pay dispute last February was not honored. All employees participated in the recent protest including workers in production and cane-cutting sections. Workers in this factory went on strike over their unpaid salaries in October of 2007 and then again in February and March. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance, lauded the striking workers and called for an all out support to the striking workers. She said that at a time when Iranian labor force is suffering from poverty, inflation, unemployment and high prices, the country’s vast revenues are spent on suppression at home and export of terrorism abroad. The wealth of the nation is spent on nuclear weapons or plundered by the ruling clerics and their families, she reiterated Mrs. Rajavi called on labor organizations and unions especially the International Labor Organization to condemn the systematic suppression of the Iranian workers by the mullahs’ regime and support their demands.

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REPORTS

Why is the UK appeasing Iran?
The Spectator, 3 April 2008 Yesterday evening I joined members of the Iranian resistance and their parliamentary supporters at a House of Commons reception to celebrate the Iranian new year. These dissidents are anxiously awaiting the imminent decision by the Court of Appeal on whether the Home Secretary can appeal against the ruling by the Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (POAC) that the proscription of the People’s Mojahedin Organisation of Iran (PMOI) — a ban it described as ‘perverse’ — must be lifted. Meeting and listening to these warm, attractive, and above all courageous people — our natural allies within a Muslim world from which they have been exiled by the true terror which has taken over their country since the Iranian revolution of 1979 — I was struck even more strongly than ever before by the absurdity and indeed obscenity of the situation. Iran is racing to develop nuclear weapons as the knock-out blow in its war against Israel, America and the west. Its regime is arguably the single greatest danger to the world today. As one of the dissidents told me last evening, its fingerprints are all over every one of the world’s worst terrorist atrocities, including those popularly ascribed to Sunni-based groups. The PMOI is the main Iranian opposition. Yet Britain, along with the EU, has banned it as a terrorist organisation on the most cynical and spurious grounds in order that it can appease and suck up to the Iranian regime that so threatens us all. As the Daily Telegraph’s excellent legal editor Joshua Rozenberg wrote earlier this month: The Home Office insists that the PMOI is a terrorist organisation - even though it never targeted civilians or operated outside Iran, it renounced violence in 2001 and fully disarmed in 2003. In the Commons on Tuesday, a Tory MP described it as ‘the only Iranian movement capable of producing democratic change in Iran’…PMOI lawyers are challenging a decision taken by the EU Council of Ministers last June to keep the group on a list of organisations ‘involved in terrorist acts’. As a result, its funds are frozen and it is effectively prevented from campaigning in Europe for a secular democracy in place of Iranian theocracy even though the EU’s Court of First Instance has ordered the ban to be removed on the grounds that it had been imposed without a fair hearing. This ban on the PMOI is worse than perverse. It illustrates in graphic terms how the British government, along with the Eurocrats, speak with forked tongue when they express such concern about Iran’s pursuit of the bomb. It is overwhelmingly obvious that what needs to happen in Iran is regime change. People are rightly concerned about the appalling likely consequences of a military strike against Iran. But according to the dissidents, much more could be done to topple the mullahs without a military strike. The regime, they say, is extremely weak, as was shown by the results of the recent (less than free) elections. The overwhelming majority of Iranians want to see the back of the mullahs who have enslaved and impoverished them. A big push by the free world would topple the teetering regime. But instead Britain is propping it up. Why on earth, for example, do we have normal diplomatic relations with Iran? Why do we have an ambassador cosying up to these godfathers of terror while banning, on trumped up charges of terrorism, those who would take Iran to democracy? Why are our economic sanctions so weak and tentative? Why don’t we impose an oil embargo on Iran? My understanding is that this would not impact greatly on western economies but would have a catastrophic effect on Iran which the regime could not survive. The answer, I’m afraid, is money. For all the weasel words in America, Britain and Europe about the Iranian threat, there are too many western economic vested interests in continuing to trade with Iran. As a result, Britain and Europe are actually colluding with the Iranian regime. If the Court of Appeal, using the same overwhelming evidence that caused POAC to use such strong language, rule in favour of the PMOI and the government then de-proscribes it and allows its voice for the first time to be heard, this will be not merely a great strike for freedom and justice but may also help start putting that pressure on the Iranian regime that is so sorely needed. It is not yet too late; but there is precious little time left.

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Mal-veiling prosecuted as a crime

eyed Ahmad Alam-al-Hoda, Friday prayer leader in the holy city of Mashhad called for criminal prosecution against those he described as offenders of Islamic dress code, reported the official news agency IRNA on Friday, April 4. Alam-al-Hoda told the worshipers that it was a crime not wearing a proper Islamic dress and the security forces must prevent it at all costs. “Mal-veiling is the root of many other criminal behaviors in the society,” said he. “Some officials based on an incorrect logic believe that ‘mal-veiling’ should be cured through a cultural campaign. However, such appearance in the public is a crime which should be suppress swiftly,” Alam-al-Hoda furiously added. He reminded the zealot worshipers, mainly members and families of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and other security agencies, of the bills ratified by the High Islamic Council on Cultural Affairs and mandatory for all government employees on proper Islamic dressing in 2006. Alam-al-Hoda said that as soon as the “Chastity Plan” was approved the State Security Forces (SSF) throughout the county was ordered to make its implementation a top priority. As a final word, Alam-al-Hoda threatened the security forces with legal action for not properly dealing with the offenders.

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having the basic minimum requirements. For 30 days she was blind folded, tortured physically and mentally. During this period she had no contacts with her daughter. “Fatemeh was taken to Gohardasht prison in Karaj and held together with dangerous criminals. She was beaten up by prison guards or prisoners provoked by the guards. “They were not allowed any visits by their family for five weeks. Despite payment of a heavy bail the regime continues holding them in prison,” the statement said. The harassment of families of the PMOI members follows the repeated failures of the clerical regime in its plots against Ashraf City.

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weapons caches. We’re finding rockets and mortars that are clearly provided by the Iranians. We’re -we’ve captured or killed Iraqis who have recently been trained in Iran. And so the overall thrust with respect to Iran’s support of what’s going on down there is still very negative.”
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PERSIAN NEW YEAR CELEBRATIONS

Nowrouz celebrated in Auvers-sur-Oise
The Iranian New Year was celebrated in Auverssur-Oise, Residence of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance on March 30 with French dignitaries and local residents. They wished Mrs. Rajavi a year full of success and an end to the rule of mullahs in Iran. Three mayors from Val d’Oise province and a number of city council members from the province and human rights activists were among dignitaries and local officials in the event.

Addressing the audience, Mrs. Rajavi said that under the mullahs’ rule in Iran, Nowrouz has become a symbol of Iranian cultural resistance against the religious fascism.

Persian New Year celebrated at UK Parliament
ore than 50 members of both Houses of Parliament in Britain, dozens of representatives from diplomatic missions in London, parliamentary assistants, judicial, political and human rights personalities took part in a Persian New Year celebration held at the Parliament on April 2. The NCRI members in the UK - Ms. Mehrafrouz Peykarnegar, Mr. Hossein Abedini, and Mr. Nasser Razi - and other members and supporters of the NCRI as well as representatives of Iranian communities in Britain attended the reception organized by the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom. Lord Corbett of Castle Vale, Chair of the parliamentary committee, welcomed the honorable participants to the event and expressed his best wishes to the people of Iran and the Iranian Resistance for the New Year. The Rt. Hon. Baroness Boothroyd, former speaker of the House of Commons, delivered a speech in which she wished that democracy would prevail in Iran in the year ahead. The Rt. Hon. Lord Archer of Sandwell QC,

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former UK Solicitor General, highlighting the political situation in Iran said that Iranians are undoubtedly expecting a new atmosphere to flourish as mass protests grew to cast the mullahs aside in Iran. Brian Binley, Conservative MP, greeted Iranians in Farsi on the occasion of the New Year and then said that he hoped to celebrate the next Nowrouz in Tehran. Lord Russell-Johnston, former President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, spoke about the inevitable arrival of spring after winter adding that the spring of the Iranian people is under way. The Rt. Hon. Lord Waddington, former UK Home Secretary, referred to the Iranian Resistance’s achievements over the past year and reaffirmed his continued support for the just resistance movement. Lord Clarke of Hampstead, former Chair of the Labour Party, said he hoped that a new era of a free Iran would soon start. Conservative MP, Roger Gale, also joined his colleagues in expressing his best wishes for the Iranian people. Andrew Mackinlay, Labour MP and a member of the Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, sent a special greeting to the members of the PMOI in Ashraf City, Iraq. He assured them that they enjoy very strong support in the British Parliament for their struggle.

Mark Williams, a Liberal Democrat MP, reaffirmed the righteousness of the PMOI’s struggle and the need to support the Resistance. Baroness Turner of Camden criticized the British government for its continued policy of appeasement toward the mullahs and denounced the terror listing of the PMOI. She reiterated that she and her colleagues would go on supporting the PMOI and do everything in their power to help them. Lord Inglewood praised the Resistance for its great victories over the last year and hoped for greater victories and the establishment of democracy in Iran in the year ahead. Lord Corbett thanked the speakers for their kind messages and stressed that the Resistance enjoys the support of the majority of MPs and more than half of the active members of the House of Lords. He reiterated that the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran freedom has currently more than 100 active members. He gave special thanks to 35 members of both Houses of Parliament who appealed to the courts for the removal of the PMOI from the terrorist list which had led to the historic ruling which described the proscription of the PMOI as “perverse.” He said that the deproscription of the PMOI would send a strong message to millions of Iranians who seek change in their country. They would see that we are with them while they are struggling for freedom against a dictatorship which claims to be Islamic, Lord Corbett said. He described the judicial campaign to deproscribe the PMOI as very important at this juncture, adding that it must win.

From left: The Rt. Hon. Baroness Boothroyd, Lord Archer and Lord Corbett in the Persian New Year celebration at the British Parliament 4

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