Robert Joseph – Former US Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security
Ambassador Robert Josef addressed the audience in the Gathering of Iranians in Villepinte, 2014
On June 27, a grand gathering of Iranians and supporters of the Iranian Resistance from 69 countries across the globe was held at the Villepinte Exposition in Paris with the participation of 600 political dignitaries, legislators and jurists from a wide spectrum of political tendencies .
Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the Iranian Resistance and the keynote speaker.
Thank you, it is a true honor for me to participate in this great event celebrating the cause of freedom in Iran, and remembering the sacrifice of the thousands of martyrs who have paid the ultimate price for that goal. I have been working the nuclear issue for 12 years, ever since the MEK revealed the existence of the program and exposed the regime, its true objectives and the true threat that it represents to the international community.
In those dozen years the Iranian regime consistently used diplomatic negotiations to buy more time to advance the program, and today that continues. There is a lot of speculation today, a lot of hope today that there will be an agreement. But this is a false hope because I can assure you that if there is an agreement that is signed, it will not stop the advance to the nuclear program. If there is no agreement that program will advance. So the issue is not whether or not there will be a negotiated agreement with the ayatollahs, the only issue is how do we change the regime, how do we overthrow the regime in Tehran?
And here I would just recommend three steps, one is to restore the sanctions that have been relieved on this regime and to add additional sanctions to break the back of this government. Second, we must support the resistance, the opposition both within and outside of Iran, starting with protecting those who we have promised the safety, most importantly your brothers and sisters in Camp Liberty. And finally we must recognize and promote the essential role that the MEK can play as a catalyst for change. Madame Rajavi, you are the catalyst for the establishment of a free and democratic Iran, the establishment of what my 16th president said would be a government of the people, by the people and for the people. Thank you very much.