Iranian politician Mostafa Tajzadeh, who was formerly acting Interior Minister, criticized the foreign policy of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his regime in an interview that aired on Didar News (Iran) on November 14, 2021. He said that the removal of sanctions against Iran is imperative, and if they are not removed Iran will head towards disaster. However, Khamenei has a “sensitivity” towards this issue, which everyone knows is “crucial” to solving Iran’s problems. Tajzadeh said that “everyone knows” that Iran will face “serious problems” if it does not make peace with the world. He further said that the involvement of the military and particularly the IRGC in all aspects of running the country is detrimental and detracts from people’s identification with it.
Tajzadeh added that all the countries that have had “economic development in the past 40 years” have based their relations on “productive interactions” with the world, even if they had “bigger conflicts” with the U.S. than Iran in the past. He continued to say that investors only choose countries in which there is a consistent and transparent rule of law, even if these are undemocratic countries. Tajzadeh then said that the majority of Iranians support freedom of choice regarding wearing the hijab. He added that the regime is trying to block access to satellite channels, so Iranians will not see what is happening in the world and compare it to their reality.