Tillerson said that US policy is driven by relying on 'elements inside of Iran” to bring about “peaceful transition of that government'. Photograph: (Reuters)
US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Wednesday the United States supports regime change inside Iran, Think Progress reported.
Rep Ted Poe, in a hearing on the 2018 State Department budget before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, asked Tillerson about US policy towards Iran, including whether the US supported a “philosophy of regime change”.
He also asked whether the US government would sanction the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
In response, Tillerson said that US policy is driven by relying on “elements inside of Iran” to bring about “peaceful transition of that government”.
“Well our Iranian policy is under development,” Think Progress quoted Tillerson as saying.
“It’s not yet been delivered to the president, but I would tell you that we certainly recognise Iran’s continued destabilising presence in the region, their payment of foreign fighters, their export of militia forces in Syria, in Iraq, in Yemen, their support for Hezbollah. And we are taking action to respond to Iran’s hegemony. Additional sanctions actions have been put in place against individuals and others.
“We continually review the merits both from the standpoint of diplomatic but also international consequences of designating the Iranian Revolutionary Guard in its entirety as a terrorist organisation,” he added.
“As you know, we have designated the Quds [Force]. Our policy towards Iran is to push back on this hegemony, contain their ability to develop obviously nuclear weapons, and to work toward support of those elements inside of Iran that would lead to a peaceful transition of that government. Those elements are there, certainly as we know.”