Radio Farda:

In an open letter to Donald Trump on Wednesday, 51 former U.S. officials and Iran experts called on the President of the United States to increase pressure on Iran."Now is the time to double down on the maximum pressure campaign to force the mullahs to spend their money on the Iranian people, not their nuclear ambitions, imperialism, and internal oppression," the signatories of the open letter said, in view of "reports that Tehran continues to plot attacks targeting U.S. forces".

While the maximum pressure campaign has seriously weakened the Islamic Republic’s ability to "generate revenue to support its malign activities", Iran is still able to draw on billions of escrowed oil dollars to fund humanitarian imports, the letter said adding that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei has billions of dollars of money "stolen from the Iranian people" in his business empire that he can use on such activities.

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