NEW YORK, Sept 24 (APP):American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says Washington is not seeking to overthrow Iran’s government, denying claims by President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani that the US favoured a ‘revolution’ in Iran.
“The United States is not looking to do a regime change in Iran”, Haley told CNN on Sunday.
“We are not looking to do regime change anywhere.” Giuliani, Trump’s lawyer and former mayor of New York City, told an anti-Iran event on Saturday that Trump’s policy of economic pressure and sanctions against Tehran could spur on a regime change.
“I don’t know when we are going to overthrow them”, Giuliani said.
It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years. But it’s going to happen. Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal in May and announced that his administration was going to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic, most notably measures that were going to target its oil exports from November 4.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also contrasted Giuliani in an interview aired Sunday, telling NBC News that Trump was ready to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during (UN) General Assembly session later this week.
“If there’s a constructive dialogue to be had, let’s get after it,” he said.
Iranian leaders has made it clear that direct talks with the US are not an option until Washington drops all of its policies that were hostile to Iran.