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US Security Adviser Fired: Delight in Tehran over Trump's Sacking by John Bolton

2019-09-11T07:44:51.570Z

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Tehran (dpa) - Iran hopes to ease its grip on the conflict with the Washington government following the release of US security advisor John Bolton.

«With the expulsion of Bolton as the main supporter of war and economic terrorism against the Iran, there are now fewer obstacles for the White House to understand the realities in Tehran,» tweeted government spokesman Ali Rabiei on Wednesday.

Iranian opponents would, in the words of the speaker, "one after the other" leave the political scene. Bolton recently promised that the Iranian establishment would overthrow within three months. "We're still here ... and he's gone," Rabiei said.

US President Donald Trump had completely unexpectedly dismissed his National Security Advisor on Tuesday. Trump justified the decision with substantive disagreements.

"I disapproved of many of his suggestions, as did others in the administration, so I asked him to resign," Trump tweeted. He announced to appoint a successor next week.

In recent months, there have been repeated disagreements between Trump and Bolton, for example, with regard to the US course against Afghanistan, Iran and North Korea.

The term of office of Bolton ended in the dispute: Trump and Bolton contradicted each other in their presentations. Trump wrote on Twitter, he had asked the 70-year-old on Monday night to resign. He then announced his retreat on Tuesday morning. Bolton then spoke up on Twitter itself and openly contradicted Trump. "I offered my resignation last night, and President Trump said," Let's talk about it tomorrow. "" In a text message to the Washington Post, Bolton added that he would comment on the case in due course.

Bolton was the third National Security Advisor in the Trump administration. He was in office since April 2018 and succeeded General Herbert Raymond McMaster. Bolton was known even before his appearance as a foreign policy hardliner, who stubbornly advocates for an American nationalism. He was one of the most ardent supporters of the US invasion of Iraq.

In the conflict between the United States and Iran, which had recently become increasingly acute, Bolton was considered a proponent of a regime change in the Islamic Republic. According to US media reports, Bolton Trump's overtures to North Korea's ruler Kim Jong Un were a thorn in the flesh. In addition, there had been differences in Afghanistan.

Bolton is said to have been against Trump's plan last Sunday for a secret meeting with Taliban representatives in Camp David, the country residence of the US president. Trump had canceled the meeting on Saturday night. The reason for his allegation was a Taliban attack in Kabul last Thursday that killed 12 people, including a US soldier. The US has been negotiating with the Taliban for months on an agreement designed to pave the way for US troops to withdraw and for peace in the country.

Even US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo admitted on Tuesday differences with Bolton. "Ambassador Bolton and I have often disagreed, that's certainly true," Pompeo told journalists at the White House on Tuesday. "But this applies to many people I deal with." Pompeo added that Trump has the right to choose his employees. "He should have people whom he trusts and cherishes and whose efforts and judgments help him deliver American foreign policy."

In recent months, Trump had been repeatedly asked if he was satisfied with Bolton's work. He had always defended Bolton and had said he knew his role as a hardliner, but had other advisors who were more moderate.

Bolton's dismissal joins an unusually long list of throws, personnel changes, and resignations that Trump's administration has made in the US government's apparatus. From the White House said on Tuesday, provisionally should first take over the Deputy National Security Advisor Charles Kupperman Bolton's business.

Nancy Pelosi, spokeswoman for the US House of Representatives, said Tuesday's ban on Bolton was "a symbol of disorder that has unsettled our allies since the first day of the Trump administration." The key to America's national security is stable leadership and strategic foreign policy.

Source: zeit

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