The Trump admin thinks U.S. pressure could sink Iran's regime, but allies have doubts

By Dan De Luce, Abigail Williams and CNS Fellow Robert Windrem

Senior officials in the Trump administration are convinced the Iranian regime is vulnerable to collapse and that tough U.S. economic sanctions could hasten its demise, foreign diplomats and former U.S. officials told NBC News.

President Donald Trump himself has questioned if the regime can last.

"When I came in here, it was a question of when would they take over the Middle East," Trump said in an August interview with Bloomberg News. "Now it's a question of will they survive. It's a big difference in one and a half years."

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Karen Greenberg