John Bolton: Iran Regime Must Not See 40th Birthday

The former US ambassador to the UN gave a stirring speech to the Free Iran Gathering in Paris this weekend, in which he stated that the Iranian Regime “must not reach its 40th birthday”.

John Bolton, who is also the Chairman of Gatestone Institute, was talking about the change in US policy with regard to the Iranian Regime and advised Donald Trump to take a firm stance.

He said: “The outcome of the president’s policy review should be to determine that the Ayatollah Khomeini’s 1979 revolution will not last until its 40th birthday.” 

The Free Iran gathering, which annually attracts over 100,000 politicians and activists, had the overarching theme that regime change was coming soon and that the international community should support the Resistance and their president, Maryam Rajavi.When speaking of US policy, Bolton also advised that the US should blacklist the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organisation and increase sanctions against the “the world’s leading state sponsor of terror”.

Bolton said: “The behaviour and the objectives of the regime are not going to change, and therefore the only solution is to change the regime itself, and that’s why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran.”

The biggest threat that the Iranian Regime poses to the rest of the world, according to Bolton, is their push for a Shiite Crescent across the Middle East and their nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes.

He said that the Shiite Crescent, if allowed to progress, would “be the foundation for the next grave conflict in the Middle East”.

Bolton, who served as the Bush administration’s top arms control official, said that even if the Iranian Regime was complying with the nuclear deal, their current deals with the North Koreans pose a major threat in the years to come.

He said: “North Korea is already perilously close to the point where they can miniaturise a nuclear weapon, put it on an intercontinental ballistic missile and hit targets in the United States. And the day after North Korea has that capability, the regime in Tehran will have it as well, simply by signing a check.”

Other speakers at the Free Iran Gathering included former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former New Jersey Democratic Senator Robert Torricelli, and former New York Republican Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Saudi Prince Turki al-Faisal, who served as intelligence chief and ambassador to the US and former Democratic senator and vice-president nominee Joe Lieberman.