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VILLEPINTE, France (Reuters) – US President Donald Trump will suffocate Iran's "dictatorial ayatollahs," his close ally Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday, hinting that his policy of reintroducing sanctions was aimed directly at regime change.

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, delivers his speech at the meeting of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Villepinte near Paris on June 30, 201
8. REUTERS / Regis Duvignau [19659003] Former mayor of New York, who is now Trump's personal lawyer, gave a speech to a Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella organization of exiled Iranians opposing the Islamic Republic.

"We are now realistically able to see an end to the regime in Iran," Giuliani said, pointing to recent country protests triggered by a currency slump after Trump withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal would have.

Rudy Giuliani, former mayor of New York City, gives his speech while attending the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Villepinte, near Paris, on 30 June 2018. REUTERS / Regis Duvignau [19659006] "When the biggest economic power ceases to do business with you, you break down … and the sanctions get bigger, bigger and bigger," he said.

At the same conference last year, John Bolton, who was appointed Trump's National Security Advisor in April this year, told NCRI members they would rule Iran by 2019.

Bolton, who was at the American Enterprise Institute Tank at that time, told Fox News in January, "Our goal should be a regime change in Iran."

But freshly appointed to the Trump Administration, he said of ABC's "This Week" in May, "This is not the policy of the administration." Government policy should ensure that Iran never stands near any available nuclear weapons. [nL2N1SK088]

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European countries adhering to the 2015 Iran Treaty with the US, Russia and China, saying the agreement prevents Iran from developing weapons-grade nuclear fuel. But Giuliani said Europe should be "ashamed".

"This President does not intend to turn his back on the freedom fighters, but the end of the appeasement is over," he told the NCRI conference, whose main faction is the People's Mujahadeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), once Washington and Europe was seen as a terrorist group.

Maryam Rajavi, who heads the group, told reporters: "Iranian regime change is in range like never before … The wheels of change have begun to turn."

In Tehran, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Trump would fail in any attempt to oppose the Iranian people against the ruling system.

"They put the economic pressure on the nation to separate from the system … but six US presidents in front of him (Trump) have tried and had to give up," said Khamenei on his website. [nL8N1TW082]

Reporting by John Irish; Arrangement of Robin Pomeroy


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