In the five months that have passed since the EU foreign ministers' meeting in Luxembourg, Mr. Rajavi pointed out, the same policy trends have persisted in Iran: executions have increased, clampdown on women has worsened, intellectuals have come under greater attack, assassination of Iranian dissidents abroad has continued, and the mullahs have viciously pursued their export of terrorism and fundamentalism to other countries.
Mr. Rajavi emphasized that any rapprochement with the clerical regime and investment in its survival, especially at a time when the ruling mullahs are grappling with a ferocious power struggle within their regime and a rising Resistance, will only bring big losses for the followers of such policies. He said it was time the international community recognized Iran through its people and their Resistance.
The NCR President said the triumvirate leadership that has emerged since Khatami's takeover of the presidency has aggravated the power struggle within the regime in an unprecedented manner. Ex-president Hashemi Rafsanjani warned on Wednesday that attempts at undermining the authority of Ali Khamenei, the regime's supreme leader, and the worsening power struggle were "uprooting the state and Islam". The resignation of the Commander in Chief of the Revolutionary Guards and mass resignations at the command levels as well as the rank and file of the Guards Corps show clearly that even the regime's officials have lost faith in its future.
Mr. Rajavi said recent statements by the regime's top officials, including yesterday's remarks by Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, reported by the clerical regime's official news agency, IRNA, showed that the mullahs' regime was taking advantage of the soft position of some EU member-states to continue its blackmail and exact more concessions from the EU. This would help the mullahs to overshadow the growing crises within the regime.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran - Paris
September 12, 1997