BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, January 29, 2024, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director
Iran’s presidency of the UN Disarmament Conference, led by its rogue regime, stands as a glaring contradiction to the principles of peace and disarmament. The Iranian regime, widely recognized as a primary instigator of Islamic fundamentalism, terrorism, and regional chaos in the Middle East, assumes this role despite its notorious record.
The Iranian Resistance vehemently opposes this presidency, viewing it as a direct affront to global peace efforts. The appointment, though procedurally routine and temporary (March 18-29 and May 13-24), remains fundamentally unacceptable and warrants immediate cancellation.
Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), asserts that a regime responsible for millions of deaths and injuries across the region, one that has squandered over $2 trillion of Iran’s resources on nuclear ambitions and blatantly violated international treaties, cannot represent the Iranian people.
This regime’s actions, from deploying drones in Ukraine to engaging in maritime piracy in the Red Sea in violation of UN Security Council Resolution 2216, directly contravene the Disarmament Conference’s objectives.
Government documents reveal that, until April 2021, the Iranian regime spent $50 billion over nine years on military interventions in Syria, a cost that continues to burden its impoverished populace and destabilize the region.
The international community instead must designate and treat the IRGC as a terrorist entity; activate the snapback mechanism according to UN Security Council Resolution 2231 and bring back all the sanctions against the regime; place the regime under Chapter VII of the UN Charter; and recognize the Iranian people’s struggle to overthrow the regime and support the young Iranians fighting against the terrorist IRGC.