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April 13, 2016 No.
6385

Article In Iranian Ideological Daily: The U.S. And Its Collaborators In Iran Have More JCPOAs Planned – And They Culminate With Iranian Recognition Of Israel

On April 5, 2016, the Iranian daily Resalat, which is affiliated with Iran's ideological camp, published an article stating that the U.S. administration had a detailed plan for a series of additional JCPOA agreements, each of which would undermine yet another foundation of the regime of the Islamic Revolution in Iran, until its eradication. First, it said, JCPOA 2 would remove the Iranian missile program; then JCPOA 3 would focus on eliminating the resistance axis of Hizbullah, Hamas, and the Houthis in Yemen. JCPOA 4 and 5 would fundamentally change the Iranian regime to remove the ideological camp, and JCPOA 6 would bring Iranian recognition of Israel.

The article also stressed that the U.S. has collaborators in Iran in this plan, and that they are in the areas of politics, media, and academia; thus, it depicts these figures as traitors. In this, the article is referring to Iranian President Hassan Rohani, who spoke in February 2016 and in his Persian New Year (Norooz) address on March 20, 2016 of the nation's need for a "JCPOA 2" that "everyone should step in to implement."[1]

This article is based on the Norooz address by Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, also on March 20, 2016,[2] in which he spoke of an American plan for a JCPOA 2, 3, and 4, and of collaborators inside Iran in this plan.

The following are excerpts of the Resalat article:  

"From The Very Beginning, Iran Has Maintained That The U.S. Never Upholds Any Treaty Or Accords"; "Not Only Has The U.S. Not Lifted The Sanctions, It Has Also Shamelessly Considered, Or Passed, Dozens Of New Ones"

"By the end of the previous [Iranian] government [i.e. Ahmadinejad's, in 2013], Iran's nuclear advances, particularly its breathtaking attainment of uranium [enriched to] 20%, frightened the West. U.S. President Obama wrote a letter to [Iranian] Supreme Leader [Ali Khamenei] and, with the Omani ruler as an intermediary, asked [Khamenei] to start bilateral negotiations in order to settle Iran's nuclear issue and lift the sanctions.

"From the very beginning, Iran has maintained that the U.S. never upholds any treaty or accords, but [Iran] nevertheless agreed to negotiate, just for the sake of gaining some experience and in order to raise the awareness [of the Iranian nation and of its officials] about the [deceitful] essence of the American regime. Under the previous [Iranian] government, negotiations had already begun in Oman, and the new government [of Rohani] pursued these enthusiastically. Finally, after three years, they led to the Geneva agreement - the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [JCPOA]. Even though during the negotiations the U.S.'s additional demands posed some obstacles, and the [Iranian] negotiating team was forced to give in to some of them and to cross some of the [Iranian] regime's red lines, the deal was ultimately accepted [by Iran] with some conditions, and the JCPOA became an international agreement, and the implementation stage began.

"In the beginning [of the implementation], the International Atomic Energy Agency [IAEA], following its last inspections which went beyond its legal framework, announced that in 10 years of inspections and observation, it had observed no violations in Iran's nuclear activities, and no attempt to produce nuclear weapons. Thus, the IAEA indirectly told the world that Iran was innocent in this big nuclear libel [against it by the U.S.], and that all the nuclear penalties and sanctions were therefore cruel, illegal, unjustified, and invalid.

"Three days previously, the White House spokesman had announced that Iran had met the commitments it had undertaken under the JCPOA. Now, naturally, the Iranian nation is asking whether the other party, the U.S., has also met its commitments, and whether the sanctions against Iran and the obstacles to commerce with it have been lifted.

"[Iranian] President [Hassan Rohani] and the [Iranian] negotiating team have, in recent months, repeatedly expressed their dissatisfaction and concern regarding the U.S.'s imposition of new obstacles, its deceitfulness, and its threats to cancel the agreement and impose further sanctions. Not only has the U.S. not lifted the sanctions, it has also shamelessly considered, or passed, dozens of new ones. Some have been lifted only on paper, while in practice they have been maintained or increased, through various official and unofficial tricks. Have the sanctions on the SWIFT banking system - the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication - been lifted?

"All Iranian businessmen know is that in practice we are being sanctioned, because due to official and unofficial threats by the U.S., no bank is willing to risk any [deal] with Iran... A verbal threat by the U.S. is enough to make any country or any company [willing to sign a deal with Iran] change its mind - which means that the sanctions on Iran are continued, but in a new form, that is, a return to the path of sanctions. At this point, the major and fundamental question is: Why is the U.S. acting against its own commitments? This is not too difficult to answer: It is using its brain.

 "[The Americans] saw that in the JCPOA, one party [i.e. Iran] was willing, in order to have the sanctions lifted, to accept [the U.S.'s] main demand that Iran stop [enriching] uranium to 20% and [to make do with] 5% enrichment, and to remove the vast majority of its centrifuges and the heavy-water reactor in Arak - so why should they abandon such a useful and powerful tool [i.e. the JCPOA]? They now seek to use the same tool to gain even more. Our government, which is now witnessing the U.S.'s failure to honor the agreement, had from the beginning optimistically promised its people that the sanctions would be lifted. Now it sees its reputation and credibility threatened, and is looking for solutions.

"America has perceived this weakness on the part of our government, and it is natural that it use it to its own advantage. For this, it has crafted and proposed a new deal. This deal will have two sides and two objectives: Firstly, the U.S. will allow some sanctions to be lifted very slowly and temporarily, so that the [Iranian] government can advertise this and maintain its credibility until the next election. In return, [Iran's] government will accept further negotiations on additional JCPOAs that the U.S. has in mind.

"Unlike the [previous] nuclear negotiations, in which the [Iranian] government had bargaining chips such as the 20%-enriched uranium, tens of thousands of centrifuges, and the heavy-water reactor at Arak, this time its hands are empty... The enemy, noticing these weaknesses, naturally becomes greedier, having in reserve the bargaining chips of the sanctions, which it holds above the head of the [Iranian] government like the sword of Damocles so that it will give in to their additional JCPOAs out of fear."

The American Plan Of JCPOAs 2, 3, 4, 5 And 6

"What are these additional JCPOAs, and what are their aims? It is not too difficult to answer this; the answer has been expressed by White House staff, by some U.S. media sympathetic [to the White House], and in Obama's latest speeches, more clearly than ever.

"The next JCPOA targets the Iranian missile industry, with the aim of stopping it, since [according to Hashemi Rafsanjani] the era of today is an era of negotiations, and there is really no need for missiles.[3] In JCPOA 3, Hizbullah, Hamas and the Palestinian resistance, the Ansar Allah [Houthis] in Yemen, and [Syrian President] Bashar Al-Assad will be removed, as they are considered to be extremists and terrorists, dangerous, and posing a threat to the world order.

"Under JCPOA 4, the Imam [Ayatollah Khomeini] and his philosophy, and the philosophy of the Islamic Revolution, will be wiped off the country's political scene and given to the history museums.

"Under JCPOA 5, the Iranian constitution will be changed; a leadership council will replace the Supreme Leader [as spoken of recently by Hashemi Rafsanjani]; the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps will be merged with the Iranian Army; and the Guardian Council will be combined with the Expediency Council [headed by Rafsanjani].

"In the next JCPOA, Israel will be officially recognized, because we have no complaint against Israel.

"These JCPOAs are already planned, and the U.S. State Department and think tanks have drawn them up already, just like they did the first one, and they need only official negotiating sessions, the usual bargaining, the signatures, and the implementation. With each JCPOA, one sanction will be temporarily lifted, and we [Iranians] will celebrate.

"During the negotiations for the first JCPAO, the other party took advantage of the atmosphere and infiltrated some of [Iran's] decision making centers and sympathetic media, so that [by means of these collaborators in Iran] it could pave the way for more JCPOA agreements. Some people, some advisors, and some media [in Iran] have made it their mission to remove the shame from the additional JCPOAs, and to prepare public opinion [to accept them], as we are already seeing.

"Today in many think tanks and some important decision making centers, some are overtly considering future JCPOAs. Their ultimate goal is, at best, to restore Iran to what it once was - that is, a client state of the U.S. Many of these figures have chosen the easy way, putting themselves on Satan's list, with thoughts about and calculation of the might of the U.S. They [i.e. these Iranians] serve the U.S. and Israel for free - but there have always been others on their side who are in contact with foreign embassies and intelligence services. They too are sometimes caught and pay for their treason, and sometimes flee the country and seek refuge among the nation's enemies. Dozens of these known figures, once members of these think tanks, today are either in prison in Iran or serving the think tanks of the U.S. State Department or foreign media.

"This group, from within Iran and outside it, is paving the way for future JCPOAs. With their psychological methods, they control how [Iran] is administered. For those in charge [in Iran], the way out of this dangerous impasse is illuminated, clear, and guaranteed. The solution is to no longer trust the deceitful America. The way out is to have faith in the nation, to rely on the nation, and to be self-sufficient in solving problems [i.e. to adopt the resistance economy of Supreme Leader Khamenei]..."

 

Endnotes:

[1] President.ir/en/91763, February 3, 2016; Rohani also spoke of the "JCPOA 2" in his Norooz speech: "What matters to our nation, is sustainable employment and this will begin with 'JCPOA 2' next year. Although our great nation has always been pioneers, 'JCPOA 2' was begun in Feb. 26 of last year. 'JCPOA 2' is the same Joint National Action in the country which will start with unity, reconciliation and empathy; a JCPOA which will start with morality before economy." President.ir/en/92525, March 20, 2016. See also MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 6373, Power Struggle Between Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei's Ideological Camp And Rafsanjani's Pragmatic Camp Intensifies - Part III: Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Speaks Out Against Pragmatic Camp Leaders Rafsanjani, Rohani April 5, 2016.

[3] Rafsanjani tweeted on March 24, 2016: "The world of tomorrow is a world of talks, and not of missiles." See MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 6373, Power Struggle Between Iranian Supreme Leader Khamenei's Ideological Camp And Rafsanjani's Pragmatic Camp Intensifies - Part III: Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei Speaks Out Against Pragmatic Camp Leaders Rafsanjani, Rohani April 5, 2016.