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Bolton: 'Regime change' in Iran not policy of Trump administration

14 May 2018
Bolton: 'Regime change' in Iran not policy of Trump administration

Iran's foreign minister is visiting China for talks following President Donald Trump's decision to scrap USA participation in the agreement over Iran's nuclear program.

"I think at the moment there's some feeling in Europe - they're really surprised we got out of it, really surprised at the reimposition of strict sanctions".

"But for Canada's objective, we make our decisions around foreign policy here in Ottawa, not in Washington, not elsewhere".

Oche, however, expressed the hope that President Trump would have another look at his decision to withdraw from the deal. Bolton admires the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK) opposition group in exile that until 2012 was on the USA terrorism list for having killed Americans and Iranian civilians.

So far, China, France, Russia, the U.K., European Union and Iran remain in the accord, which placed controls on Iran's nuclear program and led to a relaxation of American economic sanctions against Iran and companies doing business there.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his country's commitment to the deal, saying Teheran will continue to fulfill its liabilities.

"I'm not doubting the good intentions of France, Germany and Britain and Canada - they have no leverage, now they do", Barkan said in an interview.

Maloney said the Europeans can try to shield some companies but cannot preserve all the trade and investment that transpired under the sanctions waivers that Trump eliminated this week.

The American government has already blocked USA firms from doing deals in Iran, following the President's rejection of the deal last week. According to Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eizenkot, "Right now, the agreement, with all its faults, is working and is putting off realization of the Iranian nuclear vision by 10 to 15 years." Maj.

The Syrian civil war would have given Iran another reason to boost military spending after the nuclear deal was agreed to in 2015.

There was no direct evidence in Netanyahu's presentation that Iran violated the deal after signing it. "He plans to exchange opinions with each side on developments related to the Iranian nuclear program", the spokesperson said. "We are going to work to stop that", he said. "He (Trump) makes the decisions and the advice I give him is between us". I'm not the national security decision-maker.

Trump said he wants to impose new conditions on Iran, to address its ballistic missile program, its support for terrorism, the expiration dates and inspection provisions in the agreement.

"We [OPEC members] argue that the price of oil at the $60 per barrel range would be better in the long-run, but there are some OPEC members that are acting as tools for carrying out USA policies", he said.