Intel: Bolton ouster leaves uncertain future for Iran policy

Marco Green
September 12, 2019

Observers say Iran aims to stress its stance of not easily agreeing to dialogue in a bid to get the Trump administration to take concrete steps, including the lifting of sanctions.

Iran has rejected talks unless sanctions are lifted first.

When it came to unwinding previous US policies Trump viewed as a nuisance, Bolton eagerly executed for the president over the objections of career diplomats and defense officials.

Rouhani's website quoted him on Wednesday as further urging the USA to "abandon warmongering and its maximum pressure policy" on Iran.

Iran will not negotiate with the United States while sanctions on Tehran are still enforced by Washington, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Wednesday, according to Iranian state media. The U.S. administration later also intensified sanctions on Iran, slashing its sales of crude oil overseas and sending the country's economy into freefall.

The sanctions apply to commanders or senior leaders of groups including the Iran´s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force, Hezbollah, the operational arm of Hamas, and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Iran says it hopes to salvage the nuclear deal but can not do so indefinitely if it receives none of the promised economic benefits.

Iranian officials also accused the United States and Israel of "undue pressure" over its nuclear programme and warned it could be "counterproductive" to cooperation with the UN's nuclear watchdog.

Reacting to the move, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif derided the USA for ordering the new sanctions on the country despite Bolton's departure. On Wednesday, he said that "if necessary, we will take other steps in future".

Dermer otherwise lavishly praised President Donald Trump for his increased sanctions on Iran as well as for other moves, including moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and recognizing Israel's sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

Bolton fiercely opposed the idea, Bloomberg said, citing three anonymous sources. He was sacked the next day.

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. You look at so numerous things that are happening.

Yemen: The Trump administration has reportedly been moving in the direction of talks with the Iran-backed Houthis to end the four-year war.

"Even if Trump is willing to do some kind of sanctions-relief or reduce sanctions, the key thing is that it has to materialise before any kind of meeting sit-down or negotiations", Toossi told Middle East Eye.

The tensions began with the USA pulling out of an worldwide accord between Iran and the world powers, under which Tehran accepted curbs on its nuclear programme in return for access to world trade.

Regarding Iran, Brodsky said that "it is too early to gauge the impact".

Bolton's sacking by President Donald Trump raises the possibility of talks between the two countries after more than a year of escalating tensions.

Despite Trump's previous calls for dialogue with Iran, Toossi said Washington has not been genuine in its push for diplomacy as it continued to impose "unprecedented" sanctions on Tehran.

"They sought the Iranian government's either capitulation or collapse, and that has not happened". For one, the maximum pressure campaign has gone nowhere, and it has pushed Iran out of compliance with the nuclear accord.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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