A change of regime in Iran will not be a policy pursued by Britain and any change does not necessarily mean it will be better, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said, while several US officials have not ruled out overthrowing the regime in Tehran.
Johnson made the comments to parliament on Tuesday when asked whether he believed John Bolton, the national security adviser, was seeking regime change in Iran.
“I should tell you that I do not think that regime change in Tehran is the goal we should seek,” he said.
“We may seek to change the regime at some point in the near future, but I can not say with any conviction that it will be a change for the better … I can imagine that Qasim Soleimani of the IRGC may put himself in a very good position to replace Ayatollah Khamenei, for example. “
New US sanctions surround the Iranian central bank
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank governor and three others and a bank based in Iraq under programs aimed at supporting global terrorism.The US Treasury Department said in a statement on its Web site that it had imposed sanctions on the governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Aliullah Saif, and the Islamic Bank of Iraq based in Iraq, as well as others, including Mohammed Qasir, official of the pro-Tehran Lebanese Hezbollah. The Treasury Department has confirmed that the sanctions imposed on central Iranian officials and others stem from the suspicion of transferring millions of dollars on behalf of the Revolutionary Guards of the Lebanese Hezbollah. The new sanctions are based on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal and begin to reinstate US sanctions, including against Iran’s central bank, the ministry said.Last Thursday, Washington imposed sanctions on Iranian people and companies linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.
Analysts see the United States’ departure from the nuclear deal with Iran as nothing more than a hawkish move by Donald Trump to topple the regime in Tehran, where the US president himself has not concealed his fervor aggressively towards this scenario by supporting the massive social protests that hit various Iranian provinces Recently.
They assert that the impact of Washington’s withdrawal from the nuclear deal will be more political than economic. Indirectly, the new foreign minister, Mike Pompeo, admitted that “I bet absolutely that you will see how the Iranian people continue to rebel against this government.”
Observers believe that there are three American scenarios to overthrow the regime in Tehran, as the United States will not be patient with Iran, and may declare, as was the case with Iraq in 2003, that this country possesses weapons of mass destruction and threatens US interests and supports terrorists and must end its repressive and non-democratic regime , And then send aircraft carriers after the mobilization of allies from the region and beyond to overthrow the regime.
The second scenario is the continued US engagement with Iran in the Gulf, and the justification for sudden air and missile strikes, culminating in ground operations ending with the overthrow of the regime.
The third scenario is that the United States will aggressively strangle Iran economically. Its war against Iran will focus on a key instrument, the Ministry of Finance, which Tehran calls the kitchen of war against it.
This scenario also aims to change the regime from within by striking the local economy and exhausting the country to the point of arousing the Iranians against the existing regime.
The lawyer of President Trump, the former mayor of New York, Rudolph Giuliani, publicly disclosed the desire of the White House master to change the regime in Iran, not just withdraw from the nuclear agreement.
“Trump is equally interested in regime change in Iran, just like all those gathered at this conference,” Giuliani, who is known for his right-wing positions, was quoted by Politico newspaper as saying at an assembly of Iranian immigrants calling for democracy in Iran.
The former mayor of New York stressed that the change of power in the Islamic Republic is “the only way to peace in the Middle East,” stressing that “this is more important than resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.”
Last January, Trump, commenting on mass protests in Iran’s main cities, said the United States would support the people of the Islamic Republic “when the time comes”. Observers say Tehran would prefer the deal to remain in place for fear of renewed local unrest because of economic difficulties that have worsened for years after sanctions, while Iranian leaders are counting on selling oil products to finance their ballistic industry. Russian diplomats acknowledged that Iran’s foreign minister, after meeting with his French, German and British counterparts in Brussels on Tuesday, was unable to take concrete and realistic assurances to circumvent US sanctions aimed at foreign companies doing business with Iran.
Source: Rawabet Center