Iran urges US to ‘put warmongers aside’ after Bolton dismissal

Iran’s president has urged the US to “put warmongers aside” after the dismissal of John Bolton as national security adviser, with tensions remaining high in the Gulf.

Hassan Rouhani’s remarks signalled approval of Donald Trump’s decision to remove Bolton, who had been hawkish on Iran and other global challenges.

Rouhani’s website quoted him as further urging Washington to “abandon warmongering and its maximum pressure policy” on Iran. He was speaking at a cabinet meeting in Tehran.

An Iranian government spokesman said Bolton’s dismissal could help the US have a “less biased” attitude towards Tehran.

Though he stressed the dismissal was an internal US issue, Rabiei called Bolton “the symbol of America’s hawkish policies and its animosity toward Iran”.


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