"Very Dangerous": Trump Warns Iran But Doesn't Rule Out Lifting Sanctions

Galtero Lara
Setiembre 12, 2019

The deal, known formally as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), has been at risk of falling apart since Trump unilaterally withdrew from it and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

The ouster of national security adviser John Bolton on Tuesday removes a hawkish ideologue whose mastery of bureaucracy and disdain for the foreign policy establishment empowered President Trump to make some of his most dramatic policy shifts and undo President Barack Obama's most prized national security achievements.

"John Bolton had promised months ago that Iran would last for another three months".

But Netanyahu, in an Israeli television interview, sounded unfazed by Bolton's departure and possible Trump-Rouhani talks.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, standing alongside Mnuchin in the White House briefing room, said "sure" when asked whether Trump could meet Rouhani later this month on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

When it came to unwinding previous USA policies Trump viewed as a nuisance, Bolton eagerly executed for the president over the objections of career diplomats and defense officials. America should understand that it should distance itself from warmongers.

Trump on Wednesday warned Iran against further uranium enrichment but left open the possibility the United States could lift sanctions to pave the way to a meeting with Rouhani.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has had a series of phone calls with Macron in recent weeks aimed at retaining the nuclear deal. He also reiterated that lifting USA sanctions would bring Tehran back to the negotiating table with world powers, but the post to his official website detailing the call with Macron did not elaborate on what might be up for negotiation. "Bolton has always been an advocate of isolating the Iranian regime, and it's reasonable to assume that he was not a proponent of renewed talks with Tehran".

Ali Rabiei, a government spokesman, said after the meeting that Bolton's dismissal may help the US have a "less biased" attitude toward Iran.

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However, he continued, Bolton's "policy options and recommendations were frequently misaligned with President Trump's agenda to end protracted wars, diminish the risk of launching new wars and emphasize diplomatic incentives, as well as deterrents in persuading USA adversaries such as China, Iran, North Korea and the Taliban to change their hostile behaviors and policies". According to Bloomberg, Trump discussed easing sanctions on Tehran with Bolton the night before his firing, a move that Bolton forcefully disagreed with.

But the president's desire to end America's long-standing military conflicts and strike deals with longtime US adversaries, such as Iran and North Korea, exposed sharp differences between the two men that lingered under the surface.

Gen. Mohsen Rezaee, a commander in the powerful Revolutionary Guard and its former chief, said in a tweet: "We will not be deceived by the sacrificing of Bolton".

Iran has been under crippling United States economic sanctions since the U.S. unilaterally withdrew lat May from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran Nuclear Deal).

Since then, the U.S. administration has imposed biting sanctions on Iranian industries and individuals - including Zarif and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei - as a part of Washington's "maximum pressure campaign" against the country. And over the weekend, Tehran announced it would use advanced centrifuges prohibited under the deal.

Meanwhile, mysterious attacks on oil tankers near the Strait of Hormuz, the downing of a US military surveillance drone by Iran and other incidents across the wider Middle East have exacerbated the crisis in the region as Tehran tries to pressure Europe to find a way to sell crude oil overseas despite USA sanctions.

"We have taken the third step". Where will Bolton's departure cause changes? "And that's why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!" "If Israel had to act on its own, I'd imagine they would feel better having a clear-eyed hawk like Bolton at the president's side". I thought Bolton was a terrific choice for national security advisor because he saw the world for how it was-not how he wished it would be. When Trump made a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone in June, Trump dispatched Bolton to Mongolia instead of having him stay in the country for the Trump-Kim meeting.

Immediately after Bolton's departure, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Trump could meet Rouhani at an upcoming United Nations meeting with "no preconditions". What happens next remains unclear.

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