Former US officials urge Trump administration to work with the Iranian opposition


EXCLUSIVE: Almost two dozen former top U.S. officials have urged President-elect, Donald Trump is working with Iran, the opposition once in office, a letter from Fox News.

A letter, signed by 23 former public official demands, to consult with Trump, with the help of the Paris-based National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI). The group called for free elections and the freedom of religion in Iran, as well as an end to what it calls on Tehran, the “religious dictatorship.”


While the Iranian government, the group of terrorists calls for the NCRI is a network of supporters in Iran, the US helped with intelligence during the invasion of Iraq. The group also helped expose Iran’s nascent nuclear weapons program.

“Iran’s rulers have directly targeted the strategic interests of the United States, the guidelines and principles, and the reads of our allies and friends in the Middle East,” the letter, in part. “The restoration of American influence and credibility in the world, the United States, a revised Directive must.”

The letter signatories, the former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former Sen. Joe Lieberman; and retired army-Gen. Hugh Shelton, a former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under President Bill Clinton.

Last month, Fox will receive a letter to Trump from a group of Iranian dissidents, called on the President-elect, to follow through on his election promise to reconsider the nuclear deal between Iran and six global powers, including the United States

“I think that what is offered is here to say, ‘Look, there is an opposition in Iran,'” the former U.S. Ambassador to the U. N. John Bolton told Fox News. “There are a lot of different pieces not get along, as all opposition movements, [and] many of the groups with each other, but let’s be clear: There is an alternative to the ayatollahs.”

The Trump transition team is not an official response to the letter, and it is unclear whether Trump has any plans to take a meeting with the Iranian dissidents and groups.

Earlier on Sunday, Iran’s Deputy foreign Minister told reporters that “the new US administration can not leave the shop.” Abbas Araghchi, adding that the agreement “will not be renegotiated” and repeated an earlier warning from Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, publicly stated, “If you burn, tear it up, we can”, without elaborating.

Fox News ‘ Eric Shawn and Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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