“The Iranian regime has spread terror and sectarian conflict across the Middle East, wrecked the Iranian economy, impoverished its people and responded to criticism with medieval violence and brutality. The visible opulence and corruption of the millionaire mullahs who have drained the country’s resources and oppressed the Iranian population, while exporting terror across the zone, has turned Iran into a ticking timebomb, ready to explode at the slightest spark.” These were the views expressed in an interview today in Oslo, Norway by Struan Stevenson, President of the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA).

“The people of Iran have had enough of this theocratic fascist regime,” Mr Stevenson added. “They are horrified by the way the mullahs have turned this once proud and civilised nation into a pariah state, sponsoring and exporting terror across the Middle East. Iran is now actively meddling in 14 nations in the zone. It has poured men, weapons and unlimited resources into propping up the bloody regime of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, dragging that civil war into its seventh year and creating the biggest refugee crisis of this century. It has tipped $ billions into the brutal conflict in Yemen, backing the extremist Houthi rebels. It commands and finances the ruthless Shi’ite militias that are pursuing a genocidal campaign to annihilate the Sunni population of Iraq, where ancient cities like Fallujah, Ramadi and Mosul have been laid to waste under the pretext of waging war against Daesh (ISIS). It backs unconditionally the terrorist Hezbollah group in Lebanon. And all of this activity is openly condoned and encouraged by Iran’s Supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and the Iranian constitution, which promotes the export of the Islamic fundamentalist sectarian revolution.”

Mr Stevenson is in Oslo to address a meeting in the Norwegian Parliament. He continued: “Iran cannot be part of the solution to the conflicts raging across the Middle East. It is part of the problem. Iran exports terror. This is the real Iran under the theocratic and fascist rule of the mullahs, whose so-called ‘moderate’ president Rouhani the West believes it can do deals with. We should wake up! The ‘smiling’, Rouhani is in charge of a venally corrupt government, which has executed over 3000 people since he took office in 2013. Many of the executions are carried out in public, even in football stadiums.

“Many journalists are in jail. Women activists have been given long-term prison sentences. Ethnic and religious minorities like the Kurds, the Baha’is and the Christians are brutally persecuted. Rouhani’s government, under the ultimate control of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, condones torture and arbitrary imprisonment, discriminates against women and encourages public floggings, eye-gouging, amputations and hanging as a means of terrorizing its own population into docile submission.

“The streets of Tehran and other major cities are now littered with beggars and destitute drug addicts. Abject poverty is widespread. The mullahs, to finance their lavish lifestyles, have stolen the vast resources of this oil-rich nation. Even the $150 billion of frozen assets released after sanctions were removed by former President Obama’s flawed nuclear deal has been used to export terror and sectarian conflict. The beleaguered Iranian people get nothing.

“The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and their extra-territorial branch the Qods (Jerusalem) Force are engaged in constant domestic and international violence and repression. It is clear that the West’s policy of continuous engagement with the Iranian regime, while closing its eyes to human rights violations and the accelerated sponsorship of terrorism, is a policy that has failed. Indeed the Iranian regime’s strategy of aggressive expansionism has rapidly increased. It is equally clear that there can be no hope of reform within this theocratic dictatorship. The only solution for Iran and also for peace and stability in the region is regime change in Tehran.

“Blacklisting the IRGC is long overdue and will be a first and necessary step in actually curbing Iranian atrocities. I am pleased to note that there are positive signals emerging from Washington that the US government may be about to take this step. It is necessary that Europe should do likewise. Indeed they should not wait for a green light from Washington. They have more than enough evidence to justify taking this step themselves and showing the Iranian regime that the days of appeasement are over and that we mean business.”

Mr Stevenson concluded by stating: “Norway has a long and honorable record as a defender of human rights. As such, I believe that Norway, with its own proud history of resistance against aggressors, will readily recognize the legitimate resistance of the Iranian opposition against the tyrannical theocratic rule of the mullahs. Supporting the main People’s Mojahedin of Iran (PMOI) opposition movement and supporting the Iranian people in their efforts to overthrow this corrupt and immoral regime, is the only way to restore freedom, justice, democracy, human rights, women’s rights, an end to executions and torture and an end to the nuclear threat in that blighted nation.”