May 10, 2016
Honorable Congressman Randy Forbes
Chairman, Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces
THE NEW IRAN supports the intent of H.Res.709
Your proposed resolution dated April 28, 2016 is a valid and timely expression of concerns about the escalating security threats in Persian Gulf from Islamic Republic's (“IRI”) military and paramilitary vessels against all commercial and military ships navigating in international waters.
The New Iran (“TNI”) supports your recommendations outlined in your resolution. We would also like to emphasize that, as we all know and it has been documented since IRI’s inception, the regime in Tehran has seldom followed and will rarely follow international laws and treaties. The Iranian people and the international community are fully aware of this reality, specifically as it relates to IRI’s gross human rights violations including murdering innocent people inside and outside of Iran. That is why TNI has continuously been a strong advocate of smart and targeted sanctions against IRI’s leadership, commanders of the Revolutionary Guard, and Basij forces.
Unfortunately, in your resolution, the untrue and improper term “Arabian Gulf” is erroneously used instead of the accurate and precise term of “Persian Gulf”, which we sincerely hope is due to misinformation provided to your office. Given that the term “Persian Gulf” has been long established and its usage followed by publishers of atlases and respected geographical dictionaries, maps, museums, documented in the writings of many famous historians for many centuries, and emphasized and approved by the United Nations, we request and hope that your office correct this enormous and historical inadvertence as soon as possible.
Upon correction of the above oversight The New Iran will do its part to vigorously show its support for your resolution inside and outside Iran, demonstrating to the Iranian people that US politicians like you are respectful of and support recognized international treaties, are aware of their pain under the IRI’s brutal and suffocating regime, and support them in their pursuit of freedom and human rights while taking important actions towards weakening of the dictatorial Islamic regime. We are confident that in this manner you will have the full support of the Iranian people.
The New Iran is a not-for-profit 501c(4) organization with the mission of help bringing about a secular and democratic government in Iran. TNI supports all resolutions that principally result in weakening the Islamic regime, and supports the freedom seeking activities of the Iranian people.
The New Iran is ready and willing to provide you and your office with consultations and assistance on topics related to Iran and with the goal of bringing about a secular and democratic government in Iran based on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
Finally, we would also like to take this opportunity to request to meet with you in person so that we can provide you with in-depth information regarding TNI’s mission, viewpoints and plans.
Afshin Afshin Jam
Chairman of the Board
Dr. Iman Foroutan
Founder & Spokesperson