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

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

Iran has been under crippling U.S. economic sanctions since the USA unilaterally withdrew lat May from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, or Iran Nuclear Deal).

The $15 billion package would make up for about half of Iran's annual oil sales, the report said, and ease some of the economic pressure on it.

Such a step would likely be vociferously opposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who lobbied against the Iran deal and pushed for punishing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

During the same phone call, President of France referred to his country's intensive negotiations with American officials regarding a new package, saying "France will continue its efforts to implement the provisions of the JCPOA and reach an agreement".

Iran greeted Bolton's ouster by counselling the United States to shun "warmongers".

"Iran's commitments to the nuclear deal are proportional to other parties and we will take further steps if necessary", President Rouhani said.

The White House has followed what the administration calls a policy of "maximum pressure", including sanctions aimed at halting all Iranian oil exports, saying its ultimate aim is to push Tehran to the table for talks on a new, tougher deal.

"We can not let Iran have a nuclear weapon, and they never will have a nuclear weapon", he said. "If they are thinking about enrichment, they can forget about it".

Still, there is a long way to go in a very short period of time. "Very, very unsafe, okay?" Bolton had told the president that Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro could be quickly ousted following the US imposition of economic sanctions on the country's state oil company.

Rouhani has dismissed meeting with Trump, insisting that Washington must lift the sanctions it has imposed on Iran.

"The Americans must understand that bellicosity and warmongering don't work in their favour. Both... must be abandoned", Rouhani told his cabinet earlier Wednesday. WTI Crude is up 23.96% on the year but volatility remains heightened as tensions between the United States and Iran persist. "Our response is to resist and confront this", he said, referring to the U.S. sanctions.

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Iran's president says the USA should "put warmongers aside" as tensions roil the Persian Gul amid an escalating crisis between Washington and Tehran in the wake of the collapsing nuclear deal with world powers.

Trump's firing of his hard-line national security adviser, John Bolton, on Tuesday prompted speculation that Washington's policy toward adversaries such as Iran could ease.

"I think Iran has a tremendous potential". We are not looking for regime change. "But if we don't, that's fine too".

Trump's latest statement comes two days after he said he would have "no problem with the idea" of meeting Rouhani on the sidelines of the General Assembly.

Trump made no secret of his foreign policy disagreements with Bolton, allegedly complaining to confidants that the mustachioed adviser was always trying to goad him "into a war". In fact, Macron maneuvered in recent weeks to try to arrange such a diplomatic breakthrough.

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

At the center of the tension between Trump and Bolton is a difference in ideology.

He added: "From the point of view of the government, parliament and the people of Iran there is no point in negotiating with the United States while the sanctions are still in place".

Despite the rollback, Rouhani said last week that Tehran and the European powers had been getting closer to an agreement on a way to resolve key issues.

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

On Wednesday, he told Macron that the steps Iran has taken so far in reducing its commitments were reversible.

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