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Iranian regime’s officials detailing the role and functions of Iranian opposition in the anti-regime protests

Mike Pompeo U.S. Secretary of State, named senior policy advisor Brian Hook as Washington’s special envoy for Iran.

The action came as Donald Trump administration prepared to increase economic pressure on Iran by restoring sanctions to force Tehran to end its nuclear weapons program and support for militant groups in the Middle East, Reuters reported on 17th August.

The protests that swept all over Iran in the last days of 2017 and the first two weeks of 2018 shook the mullahs’ regime to its core and shifted the political scene of Iran forever. After the first round of the uprising, the question was:

Is this a continuous process that will go on, or a temporary and static phenomenon?

The significant fact is that the uprising would continue and the conditions inside Iran would never return to what they were like before December 28, 2017.

This fact is evident in the evolution process of the widespread protest throughout Iran.

In recent days, a variety of Iranian regime’s officials and analysts have abandoned general commentary on the protests in favor of detailing the role and functions of the Iranian opposition in the uprisings while warning against the effects of its expansion.

On August 13, Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei came to the scene and claimed that Iran’s establishment was not in a deadlock. Two days after this claim, senior officials talked of the dangers of upcoming crises on state-run TV.

Jannati, Khamenei’s closest ally, Iran’s Minister of Interior Affairs and officials in line with Iran’s President Rouhani, all cried out and warned against the danger that threatened the very existence of the regime’s establishment. This threat is no other than the MEK.

Mohammad Atrianfar, a so-called reformist, acknowledged the role of the MEK in the downfall of the regime adding that, “the group had the most history, and was the oldest and largest organization with the intention of subversion”. 

"In these times of protests, the establishment should block the areas the subversives are taking advantage of and solve the dissatisfaction of the people and take steps for reform”, he added, openly expressing his concerns over popular protests.

“If reforms are not made, undoubtedly subversive groups will take advantage of the people’s emotions”, he added. (IRNA News Agency)

Gholam Ali Dehghan, a pro-Rouhani official, expressed concern over the importance of the word “subversive” (Barandaz) in political literature.

“The real example of subversives are the MEK… In reality they want to take advantage of the waves of dissatisfaction and organize their own movements”, he said.  

"What is being neglected today in examining the moves of the subversives, is paying attention to inside the establishment and countering corrupt elements that have led to an increase in people’s dissatisfaction”, he warned.  (Etemad newspaper)

"The Monafeghin (the hypocrites used by the regime in reference to the MEK) rule cyberspace”, a state run website wrote on August 15.

“For those who are familiar with the practices of this organization, this statement is in no way an exaggeration, but is a reality”, Tehran Press website wrote. 

“In most Telegram groups, including political groups and many social groups, this (MEK) culture is widespread”, the website added. 

It is very clear from these statements that the Iranian regime fears an organized uprising; an uprising with the MEK at its very core. 

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