Sanctions Against the Iranian Mullahs
CTV News (Canada), December 23, 2006
Cindy Burgess: With more now on the UN Security Councilís decision to impose sanctions on Iran we go to Washington where we are joined by Alireza Jafarzadeh. He is the author of the upcoming book, The Iran Threat. Now Alireza, you have been credited with helping to reveal the existence of nuclear facilities in Iran for years. Whatís your reaction to these sanctions? What effect will they have on Iran, if any?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Certainly it has a big impact on the situation in Iran. First of all I think the very fact that we have a resolution at the Security Council under chapter 7 which makes it mandatory is extremely important. It is the beginning of a cycle of a number of other activities that could be followed up with this. Second, I think the impact domestically is far more important than the restrictions it imposes on the Iranian regime whether it is technological or economic restrictions because Iran is in deep trouble domestically - I mean the Iranian regime. The vast majority of the population is opposed to the regime. There were major anti government demonstrations just two weeks ago by the students who protested Ahmadinejadís presence who called him a dictator and called for the overthrow of the entire Iranian regime. So when you have a resolution at the Security Council holding the Iranian regime responsible for its outlaw behavior calling for the halt of its uranium enrichment program it will have a major political impact inside the country domestically inside the country and thatís what the Iranian regime is so worried about.
Cindy Burgess: And yet this resolution is less restrictive than what had been proposed so the sanctions deal only with trade in uranium - things that are directly related to the nuclear program, so will it really have an impact economically on the country?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: The economic impact is not all that great but because it is going to be a fist step in a cycle of other actions that could lead to more restrictive measures, imposing sanctions in terms of oil, arms, further technological restrictions on the Iranian regime, as well as diplomatic sanctions, hey all could follow if the Iranian regime doesnít comply within sixty days of this resolution starting today. Knowing the nature of this regimeÖ
Cindy Burgess: Certainly Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said that he will not comply with these, so you expect that there will be further action?
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Absolutely, Cindy you are absolutely correct. I think Ahmadinejad is already that he has been very clear that he is not going to comply. In fact that the reason he is the president of the Iranian regime is to move the program forward, the nuclear weapons program forward, while defying international norms. So I expect the Iranian regime in sixty days to be found in non compliance with the International Atomic Energy Agency, the important thing is that the international community has to be ready to take the next step immediately, not wasting months and days, rather they should be ready to go to the next step because time is of the essence. Iran wants to buy time and the international community should not allow it to do so.
Cindy Burgess: Thank you, Alireza for being with us.
Alireza Jafarzadeh: Thank You Cindy.