Iran urges U.S. to 'put warmongers aside' after Bolton firing

Opinion: John Bolton got the boot. So much for Trump's 'team of rivals'

Opinion: John Bolton got the boot. So much for Trump's 'team of rivals'

Bolton was known for his hawkish approach toward Iran.

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.

After all, even as Trump vacillates on many issues, and does not seem to have a core ideology or coherent foreign policy strategy, he has displayed a consistent antipathy to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. WTI Crude is up 23.96% on the year but volatility remains heightened as tensions between the USA and Iran persist.

Despite Trump repeatedly saying of late that he would meet with the Iranians, Rouhani has rejected his overtures, insisting that he would only meet with the United States if it lifts sanctions, which the Trump administration reimposed after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal, in addition to enacting new financial penalties against the regime.

"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.

The French leader has been spearheading European efforts to salvage the nuclear deal between Iran and major powers.

In an effort to protect the nuclear deal, France has proposed giving Iran a multi-billion dollar credit line which would shield it from some of the impact of U.S. sanctions, although any such deal would require the Trump administration's tacit approval. A longtime proponent of military-backed regime change in Iran, Bolton's departure was announced by Trump in a Tuesday tweet.

"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.

But, speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Trump gave a vague hint that detente could be on the way. "We'll see what happens", he said, when asked about easing sanctions on Iran, with a view to meeting Rouhani at the UN General Assembly later this month.

"Iran's third step is under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency and also has the potential to be reversed", he said.

Bolton fiercely opposed the idea, Bloomberg said, citing three anonymous sources.

As Bolton's departure pertains to the U.S. -Israel relationship, Security Studies Group senior fellow Matt Brodsky told JNS that "there are obviously many aspects" to the alliance and "how it will be impacted by Bolton's exit depends on the specific area of policy we're discussing".

"The momentum of Bolton's departure might make a strong argument for a meeting to happen in NY this month, but US-Iranian tensions are not all about Bolton; there are issues that need to be discussed and compromises to be made", Macaron said.

"As Iran's government, parliament and people see it, negotiating with the United States is meaningless as long as sanctions are in place", Rouhani told Macron, according to the government's website. For one, the maximum pressure campaign has gone nowhere, and it has pushed Iran out of compliance with the nuclear accord. The New York Times reported at the time that Bolton favoured the attacks. Where will Bolton's departure cause changes?