US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s recent remarks on Washington’s regime change policy in Iran drew a harsh response by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who said on Twitter that the Iranian people are impervious to outside attempts to decide their destiny. Press TV has interviewed Scott Rickard, a former American intelligence linguist from Orlando, and Lawrence J. Korb, a former US assistant secretary of defense from Washington, to discuss the developments.
Rickard said the American officials have been trying to meddle in Iran for decades, but Iranian people have been vigilant enough to foil any plots by the enemies.
“When they (Americans) are talking about a peaceful transition, they are talking about manipulating elections,” the analyst said on Thursday night.
People in Iran understand the kinds of actions that the US wants to do with the help of “NGOs or USAID” and other government-funded organizations, which act on behalf of the American government to push forward regime change policy in other countries, he said.
He further described the former Pahlavi regime, which was in power in Iran before the 1979 Islamic Revolution as “a puppet put in place by the United States on behalf of the United Kingdom,” stressing that Iran “has learnt its lessons.”
Rickard also criticized the United States for its intervention in other countries.
“The Americans have been probably one of the most notorious nations behind the United Kingdom in manipulating not only elections but also overthrowing governments around the world for decades.”
The reason behind US interference in the Middle East is that it “looks to actually control hegemony in the region.”
According to the linguist, the US still continues nation-building in other states, sells weapons in massive scales and pours bombs on other nations in order to carry out its regime-change policy throughout the world.
Meanwhile, Korb, said the US secretary of state’s remarks on regime change in Iran reveals Washington's tendency towards supporting more “moderate people” in the country.
Tillerson “wants to encourage those people in Iran who want to have a more democratic government,” he said.
The expert ruled out the possibility of American military intervention in Iran, saying that the US does not have any “intention of going into Iran to try and do anything.”