The collapse of Iran's Islamic regime "is just around the corner" and the United States will continue to increase sanctions until it happens, President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani told an exiled Iranian opposition group.
The former mayor of New York added to an event near Paris in which he spoke "as a private American citizen," not on behalf of the Trump administration. It is not known that Giuliani has a thorough knowledge of the foreign policy plans of the United States.
Speaking to the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, or Mujahedeen of the People of Iran, a group that for years was on the US terrorism list, Giuliani said The European nations and former President Barack Obama appeased the Islamic regime and They said "Trump does not turn his back on the freedom fighters."
"This government is about to collapse, and this is the moment to activate the pressure". Giuliani told a crowd of around 1,000 MEK fans waving flags. "Thank God my president turned his back on that dangerous nuclear deal with Iran, we are not going to do business with the main global sponsor of terrorism."
Europe "should be ashamed of itself" for continuing to buy Iranian oil, he added. Giuliani "I can not understand why the leaders of Western democracies want to shore up the agreement that will inevitably turn into an insane dictatorship."
Since joining Trump's legal team in April, Giuliani has continued to accept outside talks in the United States and abroad. He refused to comment on Saturday when he was asked about his rate.
In early June, Giuliani spoke at a capital market conference in Tel Aviv, where he praised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and blamed the Palestinians for the lack of a peace agreement. He criticized the legal investigations against Netanyahu and Trump, and defended the president's attitude toward women.
Giuliani also spoke to an Iranian anti-government group in Washington in early May, correctly predicting that Trump would take the United States out of Iran's nuclear deal.
Also on the podium were the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Informal Adviser to Trump, Newt Gingrich, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Bill Richardson, former Prime Minister of Canada Stephen Harper, two former French Foreign Ministers, and five members of the British Parliament.
The annual meeting is organized by the National Council of the Resistance of Iran, whi ch is considered a kind of parliament in exile, but is dominated by the MEK. NCRI leader Maryam Rajavi spoke to Giuliani and said that the recent economic protests in Iran were signs that the regime is about to collapse. The NCRI says it supports a democratic Iran with separation of religion and state.
Giuliani has spoken at MEK events for almost a decade. Trump's current national security adviser, John Bolton, attended his events in the past, as did James Jones, who held the same position in the Obama administration.
An investigation by the Christian Science Monitor in 2011 said the group pays more than $ 25,000 to its speakers. The MEK denies having paid the speakers, saying that it only covers expenses, and that officials like Giuliani support the group because they share their vision.
The MEK was formed in the 1960s and opposed both the Shah's regime and the Islamic Republic after the 1979 revolution. Studies conducted by both the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and ] Rand Corporation concluded that the group lost most of its support in Iran after allying with Iraq in the brutal 1980-1988 war, although Saturday's meeting included recent images of protesters revealing MEK Iran banners.
The group is based in a heavily guarded complex in a suburb of Paris, with its former military wing now in Albania after the United States negotiated its transfer from bases it had occupied in Iraq since the Iran-Iraq war. Those attending the Paris demonstration were mostly from the Persian diaspora in Germany, France, the United States and the Netherlands.
The United States listed MEK as a terrorist organization in 1997 because of its history of bombings and assassinations. The group renounced violence in 2001 and began a vigorous public relations campaign that resulted in their exclusion from the European Union in 2009 and the US. UU In 2012.
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