Bolton: Trump Admin Wants to Put 'Unprecedented Pressure' on Iranian Regime
Renewing sanctions against the Iranian regime will pressure the country's economy and further lower the value of its currency, National Security Adviser John Bolton said.
President Trump on Monday re-imposed some sanctions on Iran that had been suspended under former President Barack Obama's 2015 nuclear deal.
The sanctions target Iran's automotive sector as well as gold and other key metals. Renewed sanctions targeting Iran's oil industry and banking sector will resume on November 4.
This comes after Trump's decision in May to withdraw from the nuclear accord.
Bolton said that the sanctions show how strongly the administration feels that the Iranian nuclear weapons program needs to end.
"Our policy is not regime change, but we want to put unprecedented pressure on the government of Iran to change its behavior," he said on "America's Newsroom."
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday that the sanctions will "counter its malign activities."
90 days ago, @POTUS withdrew U.S. from the failed #IranDeal. Today, sanctions on the regime in #Iran were re-imposed to counter its malign activities. The regime must use Iran's resources to help its citizens, not support terror & enrich the leadership. https://t.co/hES0cmwjYc
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) August 6, 2018
Bolton also said Monday that the weekend protests in Iran were not due to the United States' incoming sanctions, but reflect longstanding opposition to the regime.
"I think this regime is on very shaky ground," he said, adding that America's economic system is being used to put pressure on Iran.
"I think we're gonna make them see the light."
Taking up Trump's offer to negotiate on giving up Iran's nuclear weapons program would satisfy the administration, Bolton said.
He said asking for that negotiation is a "180-degree reversal from the failed Obama administration."
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