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Iran close to nuclear deal

26 June 2015

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Tense: the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, talks with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Geneva, during talks on the future of Iran's nuclear programme, at the end of last month

Tense: the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, talks with the Iranian Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Geneva, during talks on the fu...

WITH two weeks to go until the deadline for a nuclear deal between Iran and the Western powers, 100,000 activists met in Paris earlier this month to call for the overthrow of the current regime.

Addressing Western leaders on 13 June, in front of supporters from 69 countries, the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, said: "If you do not want a nuclear-armed fundamentalist regime, stop appeasing it. Do not bargain over the human rights of the Iranian people, and recognise their organised resistance which is striving for freedom."

The NCRI, the parliament-in-exile of the Iranian Resistance, is a coalition of five opposition groups, of which the largest is the People's Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI), which helped to overthrow the Shah in 1979, before being forced into exile. Thousands of members of the PMOI remain in Camp Liberty, in Iraq, which the NCRI describes as being under siege by the Iraqi security forces.

The deadline for an agreement between the Western powers and Iran is 30 June.

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