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Haley contradicts Giuliani: US ‘not looking to do regime change in Iran’

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U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said Sunday that the Trump administration “is not looking to do regime change in Iran,” contradicting President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, who said the U.S. would “overthrow” the Iranian government.

“We’re not looking to do regime change anywhere. What we are looking to do is protect Americans, protect our allies,” Haley said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

{mosads}Giuliani said Saturday that U.S. sanctions on Iran have hurt Iran’s economy in ways that could lead to a “successful revolution,” Reuters reported.

“I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them,” Giuliani said at the Iran Uprising Summit, hosted by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities. 

“It could be in a few days, months, a couple of years. But it’s going to happen,” he added.

Trump earlier this year announced he would pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal, which provided Tehran billions of dollars in sanctions relief in exchange for limits on its nuclear program. Relations between the U.S. and Iran have since soured, and Trump has reimposed old sanctions on the country.

Haley said Sunday that Trump “has been very strong on Iran.”

“He’s been very strong that we can’t turn away from them, that they are a bad actor,” she said. “And you’ll continue to see him strong in terms of every action we take. Iran’s economy has plummeted because the president pulled out of the deal. They’re getting desperate.”

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