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Rajavi: Regime Change in Tehran is within Reach Now More than Ever

Rajavi: Regime Change in Tehran is within Reach Now More than Ever

Sunday, 1 July, 2018 - 07:30
Maryam Rajavi, president of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, gestures during the annual meeting of the Iranian resistance in Villepinte, near Paris. (AFP)
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Hours before the annual conference of the Iranian opposition in Paris that was held on Saturday, Iranian spiritual leader Ali Khamenei said on his official website that the US economic pressure on Tehran was aimed at inciting the people against their government.

“They are exerting economic pressure to sow division between the nation and the regime,” he said.

“Six US presidents have tried before him to achieve this, but they have given up,” he added, referring to US President Donald Trump.

The Iranian leader also accused the United States of trying to destabilize the government in Tehran.

In Paris, the head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran, Maryam Rajavi, said the fall of the Iranian regime was certain, emphasizing a number of indications, including street protests and mounting calls for change at the political, social and economic levels.

“The change of the regime is within reach now more than ever,” she stressed during Iran’s annual opposition conference, “Free Iran”, which kicked off on Saturday in Villepinte in Paris.

Rajavi based her statements on recent developments across Iranian cities, quoting Masoud Ravaji, whom she described as the leader of the opposition, as saying: “If Iran resisted, the world will stand with us and on our side.”

She also underlined the need for an “organized movement and a leading organization”, referring to the council that she currently chairs.

Addressing high-level delegations from dozens of regional and foreign capitals, Rajavi called for “a free and non-nuclear Iran that lives in peaceful coexistence with regional and international cooperation.”

This message was also emphasized by other speakers, who denounced the current regime and called for support for the uprising of the Iranian people and for the establishment of a “different Iran.”

Trump’s personal lawyer and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said, as quoted by Reuters: “We are now realistically being able to see an end to the regime in Iran.”

“Trump doesn’t turn his back on freedom fighters,” he added.

The Conference speakers included representatives from France, Belgium, the United States, Canada, Britain, Italy, Germany, Albania, Switzerland, Romania, Yemen, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco and many others.

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