Bolton: US Wants Stronger Iran Sanctions Than Pre-Nuclear Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shakes hands with visiting US national security adviser John Bolton during a press conference at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem

Bolton Top Priority Is Ensuring Iran Never Obtains Nuclear Weapons SEBASTIAN SCHEINER AFP Getty 20 Aug 2018

The figures have been revealed after US National Security Adviser John Bolton yesterday stated that Russia was "stuck" in Syria, alleging that Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Trump administration that Moscow could not bring about the withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria.

Mr Trump has warned that Washington would target Iran's oil sales and banking sector by issuing another round of sanctions in November.

The latest move by Iran authorities is to not stamp passports presented by foreign visitors to Iran in order to ease entry rules and also to counter USA bilateral sanctions against the Persian country.

"Otherwise, these sanctions will only increase", - said Walker. He did not elaborate.

Israeli and United States officials have reportedly been presented with intelligence showing a greater rift between Iranian moderates and hardliners as a result of the US's exit from the nuclear deal.

Israel has pushed Russian Federation to at a minimum keep Iranian forces and their allies, such as Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah, far away from the ceasefire line in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"Every day that goes by that mistake continues, this crisis could be over instantly if they did the right thing as a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally, part of the West, and release (him). without condition", he said. Kurdistan 24 suggested then that Trump was seeking Russia's assistance in restraining Iran in order to withdraw USA forces from Syria, and Bolton's comments on Thursday essentially confirmed that. "We have never started a war and they will not confront Iran militarily", he said.

Germany called on Tuesday for Europe to set up payment systems independent of the U.S. if it wants to save the Iran nuclear agreement.

Khatami, the prominent Iranian cleric, also said Trump's offer of talks was unacceptable as he was demanding Tehran give up its ballistic missile program and scale back regional influence. "And we talked about a variety of ways in which it might be accomplished through a series of steps", Bolton said after talks in Geneva. "So this is not negotiation, but dictatorship", Mizan news agency quoted Khatami as saying. I think that during a meeting with the [US] presidential national security adviser, we will explain substantively the erroneousness of this policy the way we see it", the deputy minister said.

"Certainly the objective of the United States and Israel - and President Putin said it was also Russia's objective - is to get Iran, Iranian forces, Iranian militias, Iranian surrogates out of the offensive positions they're in, both in Syria and Iraq". The protests over the cost of living have often turned into anti-government rallies.

Commenting on the speech, Al Jazeera's Harry Fawcett, reporting from Jerusalem, said: "It is clear that both he [Bolton] and Israeli prime minister and Israeli government are nearly in lockstep in their view on the "Iran problem", as Netanyahu continues to outline it".

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