The resumption of uranium enrichment by the Iranian government with the objective of achieving the full scientific nuclear capability was in direct defiance of the international community’s efforts to reach a resolution through negotiations. The Iranian leadership wants to keep the focus exclusively on nuclear issues to keep the limelight off potentially more explosive issues such as economic and social problems, violations of human rights, tyranny against oppressed nations, and discrimination against women.
The international community in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) showed a united front in its decision to report Iran to the UN Security council on the 6th of March if Iran refuses to cooperate fully and will not halt all nuclear research.
A lack of cooperation by Iran could lead to economical sanctions, or at worst, to a military confrontation between Iran and the international community.
The Iranian government’s policies and its confrontational approach to international issues, especially its lack of cooperation with IAEA, makes it the sole party responsible for any definitive outcome.
Punishing the Iranian government will hurt the Iranian peoples (especially oppressed nationalities within Iran) whom are already discriminated against in all spheres of life. This makes it urgent for all democratic forces in Iran to unite in the struggle to change the regime so as to avoid more difficulties for the people of Iran.
In the other hand, the international community’s focus on the nuclear issue and its lack of emphasis on gross human right violations and suppression against oppressed nationalities has not been useful in rounding up the support of the Iranian people.
The best way to hinder Iran’s extremist government from achieving its nuclear goals is to support and cooperate with the democratic forces that are struggling for people’s sovereignty and for a secular, democratic, and federal structure in Iran.
Unlike in previous years, there is now a united opposition against the Iranian government. The Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran, consisting of eight political parties and organizations that are struggling to establish a federal and democratic government, can serve as a catalyst and organizer for united opposition to overthrow the government, which supports terrorism and extremism.
The Congress of Nationalities for a Federal Iran
1- Azerbaijan Cultural Society
2- Balochistan National Movement - Iran
3- Balochistan People’s Party
4- Balochistan United Front of Iran
5- Democratic Party of Kurdistan - Iran
6- Democratic Solidarity Party of Ahwaz
7- Komela Party – Iran
8- Organization for Defence of the Rights of the Turkmen People