The U.S. President pointed out that the Iranian peoples’ resources have been diverted toward aiding Bashar al-Assad’s dictatorship in Syria, as well as to power Yemen’s civil war, and Hezbollah. Trump said that the regime’s “chief exports are violence, bloodshed, and chaos” and that “Iran’s people are what their leaders fear the most.”

Trump’s remarks were welcomed by the President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), Maryam Rajavi, who characterized his words as the first testimony in 38 years, in which a U.S. President emphasized the need for regime change in Iran by the people of Iran. ‘Regime change’ is the declared policy of the Iranian Resistance, and has been for the past 36 years.

Mrs. Rajavi added, “The recognition of the National Council of Resistance of Iran as the only democratic alternative to the terrorist, religious dictatorship in Iran is indispensable to ending and rectifying the United States’ disastrous past policy towards the people of Iran.”

Calling the United States’ breach of promises to protect the residents of Ashraf and Liberty in Iraq, as well as their former terrorist designation, which enabled the suppression of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), as some of the most embarrassing examples of U.S. actions, Mrs. Rajavi also criticized the concessions made to the Iranian regime over the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action).

According to the Iranian Resistance, the statements of the U.S. President must be backed up by several measures if it is to become reality. An article published by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) on September 20th outlines these measures, and is reproduced below:

• The dossier of the Iranian regime’s crimes, particularly the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, must be referred to the International Criminal Court, and the regime’s leaders and perpetrators of these crimes must face justice;

• The clerical regime must be evicted from the Middle East and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and its mercenary militias must be expelled from Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Afghanistan and Lebanon;

• And, the previous UN Security Council resolutions on the clerical regime’s nuclear weapons projects, ban on nuclear enrichment, as well as free and unconditional inspections of military and non-military centers must be implemented.