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Trump ally Giuliani says end is near for Iran's rulers



By John Irish

VILLEPINTE, France (Reuters) – U.S. Pat. President Donald Trump wants to suffocate Iran's "dictatorial ayatollahs", his close ally Rudy Giuliani said on Saturday, suggesting his move to re-impose sanctions, which is aimed at squarely at regime change.

The former New York mayor who is now Trump's personal lawyer, what addressing a conference of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), an umbrella bloc of opposition groups in exile that seeks end to Shi'ite Muslim clerical rule in Iran.

"I can not speak for Giuliani told Reuters in an interview.

"We are the strongest economy in the world … and if you cut it off then you collapse, "he said, pointing to protests in Iran. Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for lifting some sanctions.

Trump supporters have spoken at NCRI events in the past, including national security adviser John Bolton, who, before taking Iran's got it in 2019 and its goal was to change its regime.

Bolton said in May that the Iranian government never got nuclear weapons and not

In Tehran, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said Trump would fail in any attempt to turn the Iranian people against the ruling system.

"They bring economic pressure to separate the nation from the system." "But six US presidents before him (trump) tried this and had to give up," Khamenei said on his website.

The fear of sanctions, which Giuliani said would have been greater comp anies leave Iran despite Europe vowing to save the accord. Iran is developing weapons-grade nuclear fuel.

But Giuliani said Europe should be "ashamed" of itself.

They are crooks and that's what Europe is propping up … "Murderers and sponsors of terrorism." Instead of taking an opportunity to topple them up, "Giuliani

The NCRI members joined the 1979 Islamic revolution but later broke out of the ruling clerics. Based in Iraq in the early 1980s, their fighters clashed with U.S. forces during the 2003 Iraq was, but have since renounced violence.

"The regime of change in Iran is within reach as never before …" Maryam Rajavi, who heads the group, told reporters at the conference.

NCRI, which is known as Mujahideen-e-Khalq, which is once again listed as a terrorist organization by the United States and the European Union.

Tehran has long called for a crackdown on the NCRI in Paris, Riyadh, and Washington. The group is regularly criticized in state media.

(Reporting by John Irish, Editing by Robin Pomeroy and Grant McCool)


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