Trump mulls $15b bailout plan for Iran if complies with nuclear deal

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks next to first lady Melania Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper during a ceremony marking the 18th anni

Reports are crossing the wire this morning showing that now former National Security Advisor Bolton had fundamental disagreements with President Trump over the handling of Iran, particularly, President Trump's willingness to consider easing sanctions to spur a potential meeting between himself and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

But his remarks came the day Trump ousted his national security adviser, John Bolton, for among other reasons opposing Trump's openness to diplomatic engagement with Iran. Bolton helped push the president out of the Iran nuclear deal.

On Wednesday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated Tehran's stance that United States sanctions must be lifted before Iran would agree to any talks with Washington.

Immediately after Bolton's departure, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that Trump could meet with Rouhani at an upcoming United Nations, meeting with "no preconditions".

The tensions began with the United States pulling out of an global accord between Iran and the world powers, under which Tehran accepted curbs on its nuclear programme in return for access to world trade.

This comes while White House spokesman Judd Deere had said on September 5 that during a conversation with Macron, Donald Trump had stressed that sanctions against Iran will not be lifted at this point.

For his part, Zarif again used Twitter to write about what he calls the #B-Team, which included Bolton, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, all hawks on Iran.

Now the Washington-based member of the team is out of the picture - and Zarif said on Wednesday that "the world. was breathing a sigh of relief over [the] ouster of #B_Team's henchman in the White House". In an effort to retake the narrative, Bolton tweeted Tuesday: "I offered to resign last night and President Trump said, 'Let's talk about it tomorrow'". But with the increasing pressure of sanctions, which would also penalise Iran's trade partners if they did not abide by the USA measures, Iran began to breach parts of its commitment to limit its nuclear activities. Trump came to power promising an end to the United States' "endless war", saying that the country has wasted billions of dollars on a military presence that does more to protect wealthy US allies than average American citizens.

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

On Saturday, Iran began installing advanced centrifuges to enrich uranium at a faster rate, its third step in reducing commitments under the 2015 deal. "The behaviors and the objectives of the regime are not going to change, and therefore, the only solution is to change the regime itself".

"There was never really a national security process that connected to the president".

"I don't back away from any of it". I'm the national security adviser, not the national security decision-maker.

So far, the Trump administration has promoted its policies on Iran as a success, citing growing economic hardships faced by the Iranian government. When Trump made a surprise visit to the demilitarized zone in June, Trump dispatched Bolton to Mongolia instead of having him stay in the country for the Trump-Kim meeting.



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