“As Trump administration conducts routine review of its Iran policy, senior officials are hinting that they’re open to toppling the country’s clerical regime”

POLITICO
Trump allies push White House to consider regime change in Tehran
by Michael Crowley
June 25, 2017

As the White House formulates its official policy on Iran, senior officials and key Trump allies are calling for the new administration to take steps to topple Tehran’s militant clerical government. Supporters of dislodging Iran’s iron-fisted clerical leadership say it’s the only way to halt Tehran’s dangerous behavior, from its pursuit of nuclear weapons to its sponsorship of terrorism. Critics say that political meddling in Iran, where memories of a 1953 CIA-backed coup remain vivid, risks a popular backlash that would only empower hardliners. That’s why President Barack Obama assured Iranians, in a 2013 speech at the United Nations, that “we are not seeking regime change.” READ MORE

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