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In Dealing With Iran, Human Rights Must Have Priority | Commentary

A few days ago the regime’s top echelon showed a disingenuous reaction to a European Parliament resolution that had strongly criticized the Iranian regime’s total disregard for human rights. A similar reaction to support of the MEPs to Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi, who visited the European Parliament in early April, vividly demonstrates the fragile status of the mullahs’ rule that cannot afford the slightest shake by the international community. Khamenei warned the regime’s officials a few years ago that the impatience and anxiety of the youth will be a time bomb for the regime.

During the nuclear negotiations in Geneva in November, France demonstrated that neither Europe nor the U.S. would lose from upholding a firm position. But offering concessions to a regime that views major compromise on its nuclear weapons program as a “poison chalice” and human rights as its Achilles’ heel only protracts the security threat for the U.S. and Europe and postpones the Iranian people’s desire for achieving democracy and freedom. America must commit itself to the principle that the human rights of others must not be sacrificed for ephemeral diplomatic gains.

Howard Dean is the former governor of Vermont and Democratic presidential candidate. Rudy Giuliani is the former mayor of New York and Republican presidential candidate.

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