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

Andrew Cummings
September 12, 2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said the United States should distance itself from "warmongers" as Tehran welcomed the sacking of US National Security Adviser John Bolton.

Others say the departure of Bolton, an advocate of "regime change" in Iran who has repeatedly called for bombing the country's nuclear facilities, increases the likelihood of a compromise from the Trump administration.

"From the point of view of the Iranian government, parliament and people, negotiating with the U.S. under sanctions is pointless", Rouhani said in a readout of a phone call with President Macron on Wednesday, according to Iranian press. "Both. must be abandoned", Rouhani told a meeting of his cabinet in remarks aired on state television. While that seems definitive, he also said apparently said "If agreements with Europe are finalised, we are ready to return to our JCPOA obligations and Iran and a P5+1 meeting is only possible when sanctions are lifted".

"This agreement must include a specific, rigorous and permanent inspection mechanism for all sites, including military sites, in Iran with a mechanism to re-impose sanctions quickly and effectively in the event of Iran's violation of the agreement", he said.

On 20 June, Trump authorised - then called off - USA strikes against Iran after Iranian forces shot down a United States drone that Tehran said was flying over Iranian territory.

Now the Washington-based member of the team is out of the picture - and Zarif said on Wednesday that "the world. was breathing a sigh of relief over [the] ouster of #B_Team's henchman in the White House".

Yemen: The Trump administration has reportedly been moving in the direction of talks with the Iran-backed Houthis to end the four-year war. But with the increasing pressure of sanctions, which would also penalise Iran's trade partners if they did not abide by the U.S. measures, Iran began to breach parts of its commitment to limit its nuclear activities.

On the other hand, Trump has also showed a hesitation when it comes to aggressive military engagements, and he campaigned on disentangling the US from endless war.

Iran has already broken the limits laid down in the accord for stockpiling enriched uranium as well as the level of enrichment.

Iran has responded with a series of steps to reduce its compliance with the nuclear deal, although it says it still aims to keep it in place.

The nuclear deal was struck in 2015 between Iran and six major powers - the UN Security Council's permanent members Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States, plus Germany.

"We have taken the third step. And that's why, before 2019, we here will celebrate in Tehran!"

"I don't back away from any of it".

He stressed the need to work on everything that can reduce the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, so as to ensure global peace and security. "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". "It's up to him (Trump) to make those decisions".

But while the two men shared a potent disdain of Obama's foreign policy, Bolton's appetite for military confrontation and regime change clashed repeatedly with the views of Trump, who announced his firing on Twitter. What happens next remains unclear.

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