On May 10, the Washington Free Beacon website obtained an alleged copy of Trump’s administration plan to reimpose strong economic sanctions that would change the Iranian regime.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, the document was being discussed among US National Security Council officials and was authored by the national security think-tank Security Studies Group (SSG).
The plan stands against the US military intervention, focusing on a series of measures to embolden the Iranians allegedly angered with the ruling regime.
“The ordinary people of Iran are suffering under economic stagnation, while the regime ships its wealth abroad to fight its expansionist wars and to pad the bank accounts of the Mullahs and the IRGC command,” the paper of the SSG reads. “U.S. policy toward Iran currently does not publicly articulate two components vital to success: That a new birth of liberty based in self-determination for the Iranian people should be official policy; and that military action should be anticipated if other measures fail.”
The SSG’s president Jim Hanson told the Washington Free Beacon that Washington has no intention to the US military intervention in Iran, but it is focused on changing the ruling regime of Iran:
“The Trump administration has no desire to roll tanks in an effort to directly topple the Iranian regime,” Hanson said. “But they would be much happier dealing with a post-Mullah government. That is the most likely path to a nuclear weapons-free and less dangerous Iran.”
An official from the US National Security Council refused to comment on the report, but affirmed that the White House is seeking to “change the Iranian regime’s behavior,” according to the Washington Free Beacon:
“Our stated policy is to change the Iranian regime’s behavior of continuous destabilizing regional acts and support of terrorism,” the official said. “The National Security Council is in receipt of reams of policy papers and reports, some are read with interest, others are not. Receipt of a policy paper in no way means that we are going to adopt the position of that paper.”
Another source close to the White House also stressed a need of the change in “the Iranian regime”:
“Team Bolton has spent years creating Plans B, C, and D for dealing with that problem. President Trump hired him knowing all of that. The administration will now start aggressively moving to deal with the root cause of chaos and violence in the region in a clear-eyed way.”
On May 21, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened Iran with “the strongest sanctions in history” if Tehran refuses to comply 12 “basic requirements” of a new nuclear agreement that could permit Iran to avoid sanctions.
According to these demands Iran must “stop enrichment” of uranium and permit “unqualified access to all sites throughout the country” to international inspectors.
After our withdrawal from #JCPOA, @POTUS asked me to achieve his goals on #Iran: 1. Apply the strongest possible financial pressure; 2. Deter any Iranian aggression; 3. Advocate for Iranian people; 4. Seek bold new steps with not only our allies & partners, but with Iran as well.
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) May 21, 2018
On May 8, US President Donald announced the US withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear deal. This deal demanded Teheran to maintain a peaceful nuclear program in exchange for sanctions relief. After the US withdrawal, Trump ordered to impose new economic sanctions against Iran. This measure wasn’t welcomed by other sides of the deal: China, Germany, France, Russia and the UK.