“Iran’s Government Will Be Overthrown”
Saturday, US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said that US sanctions on Iran are leading to economic pain that could lead to a “successful revolution,” contrasting with administration comments that regime change in Tehran is not US policy.
“I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them,” said Mr. Giuliani, who spoke in his own capacity though he is a Trump ally, at an Iran Uprising Summit held by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, which opposes Tehran’s government.
“It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years. But it’s going to happen,” MR. Giuliani told a crowd at a hotel in NYC.
Mr. Giuliani’s comments were in contrast with The Trump Administration’s policy of not seeking a change of government even though it is reimposing sanctions that are crippling Iran’s economy.
President Trump ripped up a global deal on Iran’s nuclear program in May and his administration is snapping back sanctions on the Islamic Republic, including measures on its Crude Oil exports from 4 November.
The Trump Administration believes the sanctions will force Iran not only to curb its nuclear program but also halt militancy in the Middle East.
Iran says it has complying with the Y 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran, the US and 5 other world powers. A Quarterly report by the US atomic watchdog late last month said Iran had remained within the main restrictions of the agreement.
President Trump’s National Security Adviser John Bolton said in August that “regime change” in Iran is not American policy. He said the administration wants a massive change in the regime’s behavior.
Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused US backed Gulf Arab States of carrying out a bloody shooting attack at a military parade that killed 25 and injured 60 people Saturday, though he did not name the regional states he believed were to blame.
“The people of Iran obviously have now had enough,” Mr. Giuliani said. “The sanctions are working. The currency is going to nothing … these are the kinds of conditions that lead to successful revolution.”
Mr. Giuliani has suggested before that the re-imposition of sanctions was aimed at regime change. At a conference in June where he addressed the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran, he said President Trump’s policy would suffocate Iran’s Ayatollahs.
The US State Department in the past has said Mr. Giuliani does not speak for The Trump Administration on Iran.
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