President-elect Donald Trump angry at the Chinese, by breaking with years of Protocol at the time of acceptance of a call from the President of Taiwan, Tsai Ing-wen. Now, the members of the Iranian opposition strive for a similar call – even a sit-down with the future President, in the hope he sticks to his campaign to renegotiate the vow new Iran nuclear deal and tough with Tehran.
Fox News has exclusively presented will get a letter soon from Trump from a group of influential Iranian dissidents who ask him to follow through enough to reconsider on the offer, even as President Obama has warned, ripping it.
“During the presidential campaign, which reads, we, and millions of Iranians followed her in direct opposition against the nuclear agreement between the Obama administration and the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the letter. “We sincerely hope that with your election, the new administration and the Congress of the United States will have the opportunity, for the first time, a review of regional and international results, of the fateful agreement, without restrictions, as was promised to the voters.”
Signatories include several former Iranian political prisoners and human rights activists, including former political prisoners Ahmad Batebi and Siavash safavis, who is also a member of the Iranian liberal students & graduates
“We hope that under your leadership the United States is helping to take back the people of Iran, their country of the Islamist gang that wrote responsible for the last four decades,” she said.
Although not a party to the letter, The National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) is widely regarded as the best organized opposition group – and also inviting commitment trump.
“Obviously, the President-elect deals with the formation of his Cabinet and a roadmap for the challenges of his government, as soon as he is sworn in. But the expectation is that the new government was pursuing a decisive policy vis-à-vis the Iranian regime and the imposition of sanctions on the Tehran gross violations of human rights of its citizens, as well as the involvement in terrorism, including his role in the carnage we witnessed in Aleppo in the last few weeks. Each commitment should be with the Iranian people and not their oppressors,” said Ali safavis, a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NCRI.
While the Iranian government, the group of terrorists calls for the NCRI is a network of supporters in Iran, the U.S. helped intel during the invasion of Iraq, and the group also helped expose Iran’s nuclear weapons program.
In the last few years, the pro-Iran nuclear deal lobby, led by the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) had the Obama administration ‘ s ear. Now, some hope now, Trump’s reach out to the myriad of Iran, opposition groups, ranging from the monarchists to liberals.
The NCRI has campaign supporters in trump circle, according to a source close to the Trump team.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the source said, Fox News, Trump’s senior consultants, like Newt Gingrich, Rudy Giuliani, and former Ambassador John Bolton had “very close relations to the strongest component of the Iranian opposition, the NCRI.”
“These advisers, though, will force the press of a cooperation with the Iranian opposition, to cooperate with Iran,” he said.
It is unclear whether Trump has any plans to meet with Iranian dissidents and groups. The transition team has not responded to a request from Fox News for a comment on whether discussions had taken place or planned.
The regime would probably DC revolted from such discussions, according to Saeed Ghasseminejad of the Foundation for defense and democracies in Washington
“In the short term, [the mullahs] to show some anger and test the new administration, but in the medium term, you will understand that the Trump administration is serious, and will have to adjust, to know their behavior, that [Trump] means business,” said Ghasseminejad. “The encounter with a diverse group of representatives of the major opposition parties sends a strong message to the regime and the Iranian people that the new administration supports the democracy and human rights for Iran.”
Lisa Daftari, Iran, and foreign Affairs analyst and editor-in-chief of The Foreign Desk, thinks it would be a positive step for Trump to meet with opposition from members of other groups, so he can “get an accurate read on the people of Iran.”
“In cutting a deal with Iran, President Obama went directly to the mullahs, the Iranian people,” she said. “It would be a strategically strong move for President-elect Trump the Iranian people-a force of almost 80 million, which continues to be the Achilles heel of his government.”
Ben Evansky is a Fox News field producer. Follow him on twitter @global posts