Iran (MNN) – Supreme Court of Iran declares nine Christians “not guilty” of the main house churches. Heart4Iran‘s Mike Ansari says this is a move to gain international favor, not a sign of real change.
“It’s just politics. It is simply a game of chess. They (the Iranian authorities) allow the certain release of people and pressures so that they can have a better perspective in the international community; so they can say, ‘Look, we are a democratic country, everything is fine,’ ”says Ansari.
“Don’t buy it. The situation in Iran is still dire.
The decision comes as diplomats continue negotiations aimed at renewing the 2015 nuclear deal.
Iran hit a striking position in conversations earlier this week. European diplomats say they don’t know whether they can build on the agreements reached in June or whether they will have to start over.
“If they don’t show they’re serious about this job, then we’re going to have a problem. The next 48 hours will be very important, ”said diplomats from the E3 countries of Britain, France and Germany. said yesterday.
“Iran faces many different sanctions, including human rights violations. [Iranian officials] say, ‘if you want us to sit down at a table and talk about not enriching with nuclear material, then you have to drop all the sanctions,’ ”Ansari said.
Under the 2015 deal, Iran curtailed its uranium enrichment program, a process that can produce fissile material for bombs, in return for relief from US economic sanctions, the EU and the UN.
If the parties reach a new deal without sanctions against Iran, Ansari says Christians and other religious minorities will pay the price.
“It’s not fair because it (the removal of sanctions) will allow them (Iran) to continue crackdowns against religious minorities, including new believers.”
Monday, Israel has issued a warning to US officials regarding Iran’s nuclear enrichment status.
“The government of Israel has warned the U.S. government to sit down and have a conversation with the Iranian authorities about uranium enrichment because Iran after [the U.S.] withdrawn from talks [in 2018], began to be actively involved in uranium enrichment, ”says Ansari.
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“Iran and its Islamic tactics [are] will stay for a while, ”Ansari says.
“[The] Iranian government will not stand idly by [by] when they see the Islamic population converting to Christianity. It goes against every fiber of their control over society.
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Ask the Lord to protect the nine Christians declared innocent by the Iranian Supreme Court. “They’ll probably release these nine Christians, but they (the believers) are going to be watched,” Ansari said.
“They (the government) may continue to harass them on some level; we do not know. We just have to wait and see what happens.
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