Politicians call for firmness in dealing with Iran

Prominent American and European politicians along with the Iranian opposition called for a firm policy with respect to Iran, Iran News Update said on Monday.

The politicians present at an international conference in Paris warned the international community against ignoring the alleged massacre of Iranian dissidents in Iraq and purported human rights violations. The participants reportedly scolded the U.S. and the U.N. for reneging commitments to guarantee the safety of Iranian dissidents in Iraq. The dissidents were members of the Iranian opposition, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran.

Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi referred to an Amnesty International report that found there were 600 executions in Iran during the past eleven months. She said that 400 of the reported executions occurred after the election of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

Rajavi said the international community should be wary of negotiating denuclearization with Iran.

"Although there are unjustified shortcomings in the agreements, yet the regime had no other choice but to retreat one step due to its weakness," Rajavi said. "However, one should not come to the conclusion that they have given up their intention for obtaining the bomb. For this regime, negotiation and agreement is just a tactical ploy. It is looking for an opportunity to return to the previous condition."

Participants in the conference warned that the easing of sanctions should not occur since Iran has yet to completely give up its nuclear weapons project.