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John Bolton ouster sparks talk of Hassan Rouhani, Trump meeting


Added 09-11-19 10:03:02pm EST - “U.S. allies and enemies served up a range of reactions Wednesday to the ouster of hawkish National Security Adviser John R. Bolton, while intense speculation mounted over President Trump's pick to replace him.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Bolton’s ouster opens door for possible meeting between Trump, Iranian president”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

U.S. allies and enemies served up a range of reactions Wednesday to the ouster of hawkish National Security Adviser John R. Bolton, while intense speculation mounted over President Trump’s pick to replace him.

Iran and Israel shared a rare moment of agreement, with Tehran fearing and Jerusalem hoping that the U.S. “maximum pressure” campaign on Iran is unlikely to soften with Mr. Bolton’s departure.

“I have no doubts at all that, in any situation … President Trump and his administration will be very, very tough with Iran,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a television interview, citing U.S. sanctions announced against Tehran on Tuesday, just after Mr. Trump declared he had fired Mr. Bolton.

With Mr. Trump telling reporters he already has a list of five possible candidates and will decide next week, world leaders watched closely for signs of whether the pick will be someone with less of a hard-liner bent toward adversaries such as North Korea and Iran.

Mr. Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are the ones who “crafted the American policy” toward Iran, Mr. Netanyahu said.

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