Bolton says 'it's possible' USA will sanction European companies working with Iran

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In different circumstances - after negotiations, after obtaining proof that Iran was in violation of the deal - it might have been possible to recreate the global coalition that imposed sanctions so successfully in the first place.

On Trump's pulling the USA out of the Iran nuclear agreement, Bolton told Raddatz on "This Week" Sunday that "Iran was shifting the balance of power in the Middle East until President Trump got out of this deal".

Iran had never made a strategic decision to give up its nuclear weapons programme, US National Security Advisor John Bolton said today, asserting that Tehran gained economically from the nuclear deal inked during the previous Obama administration. You know that the full economic benefits of the deal will never come through.

Raddatz asked Bolton what parts of the agreement Iran was violating.

The two leaders also looked forward to Mr Trump's visit to the United Kingdom in July, Downing Street said. South Korea, Taiwan and the United Arab Emirates were denied uranium enrichment arrangements.

But German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the USA withdrawal from the Iran accord isn't a reason to dump decades of trans-Atlantic ties altogether.

"Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their pants?" On the contrary, it means that Iran will restart a frozen nuclear program and reach bomb-making capacity sooner rather than later. Iran's stated intention of destroying Israel was not deterred in the least by Obama's deal. The fact is that Iran remains the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism.

The letter concludes: "We stand alongside you [President Trump] in ending the risky appeasement of Iran and taking all and any action required to stop Iran going nuclear, help its people, halt its spreading of terror and achieve peace and stability in the Middle East and among all peoples and nations". He is best placed to advise Trump about containing the Regime. "Our goal should be regime change in Iran".

But as America's European allies have argued, those flaws should be addressed by additional talks and/or sanctions. I also understand why he might want to signal officials in neighboring China that if they are not more forthcoming with money, technology and other goodies, North Korea has another suitor knocking at the door.

This was precisely the right message to send.

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If The president of the united states really wants to stop the Iranian Regime from taking over the region, then he must start with Syria, where the Regime has used its various proxy militias, including Hezbollah, to prop up the brutal Bashar Assad dictatorship. He is trying to work with the Iranian people to leverage their growing disaffection with their own rulers. "Its ballistic missile program, which continued essentially unchecked, was proof that what they were seeking was delivery systems for the nuclear weapons", Bolton told CNN.

Either way, President Trump has indicated he is willing and able to respond.