Mr. Rajavi added: During their rule, the mullahs have spent the lion's share of the country's economic resources on suppression of their people, export of terrorism and reinforcement of their own power foundations. According to official statistics, Iran's oil revenues in the past 19 years (280 million dollars) have been spent on military, disciplinary, security, and various other organs of repression and export of terrorism.
Underscoring the clerical regime's economic bankruptcy, the NCR President said: Iran's drastic economic conditions, despite Iran's young, energetic and talented work force, is before all else the outcome of the mullahs' suppressive and terrorist policies, its backward and medieval nature, and the boundless corruption of its officials and their unlimited plunder.
Any improvement in Iran's economic conditions is impossible without national cooperation, security before the law, and normalization of international relations. Realization of these conditions are contingent upon the establishment of democracy and popular sovereignty, and remains totally alien to a theocratic regime and the rule of the velayat-e faqih (religious jurisconsult). They cannot be achieved unless the regime is overthrown.
Mr. Rajavi also pointed out to the escalation of power struggle within the mullahs' regime particularly after the Assembly of Experts elections, and the unprecedented rise in social protests, and the activities and operations of the Resistance (which covered 517 cities in the month of October alone). He concluded: This regime is doomed to go. Assisting it will only give its leaders further opportunity for the massacre of the Iranian people and export of terrorism. The Iranian Resistance naturally does not see itself obligated towards such contracts which are totally against the interests of the Iranian people, Mr. Rajavi reiterated.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
November 20, 1998