Following letter was sent to the General Secretaries of 165 political parties on al continents.
Do not leave Iran alone in the unprecedented and unjustified USAmerican sabotage and boycott actions against our country!
Honorable General Secretary
After years of complications and international challenges around the nuclear program of Iran, President Hassan Rouhani initiated negotiations with the group of 5+1 nations who showed interest in reaching an agreement with his country. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) was agreed upon by these nations and Iran in July 14, 2015. Soon after reaching the agreement, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 recognized, supported and confirmed this international agreement. With the election of the new president in the United States, the new government repudiated the recognition of this agreement without offering any convincing arguments and broke the sanctity of the international law by not recognizing JCPOA, an agreement that had gained the support of the international community. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has confirmed repeatedly in the last few years that Iran has fully complied with the terms of the agreement. However, the United States government returned to the sanctions imposed before the JCPOA agreement and re-imposed all on Iran.
The behavior of the United States must be analyzed within the context of the damages it is capable of inflicting on the viability of international law, peace building and cooperation among nations. JCPOA is a model for the peaceful resolution of international conflicts and is based on the efforts of experts on nuclear disarmaments’ community and the high levels of the involved governments. Rejection of this agreement weakens the value of endeavors in resolving international conflicts peacefully and the role of the United Nations in acting as a safeguarding mechanism for building international peace. The United States’ rejection of this international agreement also negates the significance of efforts in building pathways for peaceful co-existence of nations based on conflict resolution through negotiation and compromise.
The United States claimed that JCPOA has not been a good agreement because it failed to address issues in the Iranian foreign policy in the Middle East and the missile programs of this country. However, this claim was not valid because the negotiation which culminated in JCPOA was not initially intended to include the Iranian government’s regional political behavior – or any other issues. Furthermore, these issues could be legitimately addressed in other forums with the consideration of the national security of all nations involved.
The impact of sanctions on any society is devastating and substantially felt by the people as opposed to the ruling elites of the targeted country. It is also abundantly clear that the middle class pays a heavy price for sanctions in any society, and with regards to Iran, its middle class is exposed to the ravages of sanctions. The Iranian middle class predominately has been in the forefront of the battle for democracy and acted as the engine of change in the country. The United States, with the support of the right-wing politicians in Israel and the ruling elites in Saudi Arabia, has imposed sanctions on Iran which ultimately benefit those who are for war and conflict with this country. Theseimposed sanctions have also strengthened the political positionand power of the Iranian ultra conservatives who continue toencourage and support discord and antagonism in the Iranian foreign policy.
Rejection of JCPOA by the United States has also rescinded trust for international institutions and laws among Iranians and was considered a major setback for those who have relentlessly urged and insisted on democracy and the rule of law inside Iran. The United States has claimed that its intention has been to support democratization in Iran, but democratic changes cannot be achieved in Iran by Washington encouraging groups from outside of Iran who have aimed at toppling the Iranian government. With regards to Iran, democracy cannot be achieved through war, but rather obtained upon a period of sustained gradual reforms that are supported by the Iranian people and arise from within the country.
As the oldest political party with 60 years of relentless effort for standing against authoritarianism and supporting the rule of law and democracy in Iran, the Freedom Movement of Iran (FMI) has been under pressure both from the old and the new regimes,and its leaders and members have been arrested, imprisoned and tortured. In accordance with the belief in democracy, human rights, tenets of international peace, national interest and security of Iran, FMI encourages all political parties around the world who value democratic norms and international peace to condemn the action of the president of the United States in rejecting JCPOA. JCPOA has gained the support of the United Nations and the International community and is considered a model for peacebuilding and denuclearization around the globe.
We ask that your political party use all the necessary international resources, laws, and conventions to support JCPOA and the Iranian people in their efforts at peace building and to condemn the United States under the Trump administration for rejecting this international agreement.
General Secretary of the Freedom Movement of Iran
10 FebruAry 2019