President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani addressed the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in Paris on Sunday, saying the time has come that regime change in Iran is possible.
“We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran,” Giuliani told a crowd of about 4,000, many of them refugees and young eastern Europeans who had been bussed in to attend the rally in return for a weekend trip to Paris.
The mullahs must go, the ayatollah must go, and they must be replaced by a democratic government which Madam Rajavi represents,” Giuliani said. “Freedom is right around the corner ... Next year I want to have this convention in Tehran!”
Giuliani said now that Trump has abandoned the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and economic sanctions are returning, Iran will “collapse...and the sanctions will become greater and greater and greater.”
The NCRI – a group largely controlled by Mujahedin-e-Khalq (MeK), which was once listed as a terrorist organisation in the U.S. and Europe – has long drawn prominent American conservatives to its cause, including Newt Gingrich.
In Iran, however, MeK reportedly has little backing:
Most observers of Iranian politics say the MeK has minimal support in Iran and is widely hated for its use of violence and close links to Israeli intelligence.