Cotton: US policy should be regime change in Iran

Cotton: US policy should be regime change in Iran
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Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonAsian caucus urges fellow lawmakers not to 'perpetuate racist stereotypes' amid coronavirus fears Overnight Defense: More closures possible at US bases in Europe as coronavirus spreads | Pompeo says Afghan 'reduction in violence is working' | Man accused of trying to blow up vehicle at Pentagon Top general: More closures at US bases in Europe possible as coronavirus spreads MORE (R-Ark.) said the U.S. foreign policy toward Iran should be to push for a regime change, according to a Sunday Politico report.

“The policy of the United States should be regime change in Iran,” said Cotton, who reportedly briefs the White House on foreign policy on a regular basis.

Cotton expressed safety concerns with the Tehran government in its current state.

“I don’t see how anyone can say America can be safe as long as you have in power a theocratic despotism,” continued Cotton, a member of the Senate Armed Services committee.

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In order to pressure Iran, the Arkansas senator pointed to the use of diplomatic, economic and covert actions, Politico reported.

He also told the newspaper that the U.S. should “support internal domestic dissent” within the country in order to get their desired outcome, noting that there are multiple minority ethnic groups in Iran who “aren’t enthusiastic about living in a Persian Shiite despotism.”

Stuart Jones, the acting assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern affairs, told The Associated Press last month that the U.S. is still forming a “comprehensive Iran policy,” but will continue to implement the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal in the meantime.

Such efforts for a regime change would mark a stark contrast to the promise then-President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe Memo: Biden seeks revival in South Carolina The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders top target at CPAC Obama warns against 'unauthorized use' of his image to mislead voters in cease-and-desist letter MORE made in 2013 when he assured Tehran that the U.S. is not seeking "regime change," during a speech at the United Nations.

Cotton, who often clashed with Obama's foreign policy stance toward Iran, strongly opposed the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Tehran. 

The Republican lawmaker urged Obama to undo the deal and accused the Obama administration of “acting like a drug cartel” in August 2016, after the controversial $400 million cash payment to Iran surfaced.