Iranian foreign minister: US has never abandoned idea of regime change

Iranian foreign minister: US has never abandoned idea of regime change
© Getty Images

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a new interview that the United States has never let go of its push for regime change in his country.

“Well, I think the United States has never abandoned the idea of regime change in Iran. Now they are more explicit about stating it,” Zarif told CBS’s “Face the Nation” when asked about the appointment of John Bolton and CIA Director Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoTrump cancels delegation's trip to Davos amid shutdown China 'not worried in the slightest' about concern over Canadian's death sentence The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress MORE as President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about plans to build Trump Tower in Moscow during 2016 campaign: report DC train system losing 0k per day during government shutdown Senate Republicans eye rules change to speed Trump nominees MORE's new national security adviser and secretary of State, respectively.


Bolton and Pompeo are both known for hawkish positions on Iran, while Bolton ardently opposed the Iran nuclear accord reached under the Obama administration.

Zarif during the interview said the U.S. is accustomed to autocratic rulers in the Middle East who rely on the U.S. for support, arguing America has not been able to “impact” Iran’s people since the 1979 revolution. 

“The point is they’re used to dictators in our region who rely on them. As President Trump said, we cannot live without U.S. support for two weeks,” Zarif said. “That's the type of regime that they’re used to and that is why they so readily talk about regime change.”

Trump, for his part, has also criticized the government in Iran and said earlier this year that the Iranian people would receive “great support” from America “at the appropriate time.”

“The people of Iran are finally acting against the brutal and corrupt Iranian regime. All of the money that President Obama so foolishly gave them went into terrorism and into their 'pockets,’ ” Trump wrote on Twitter in January, referring to protests in Iran. “The people have little food, big inflation and no human rights. The U.S. is watching!”