Published: Fri, September 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Israel Minister: US Treasury Official Said No Change on Iran Sanctions

Israel Minister: US Treasury Official Said No Change on Iran Sanctions

"We'll see what happens", Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about the possibility the United States would ease up on its "maximum pressure" campaign.

"The continued aggressive behavior of Iran over the past 40 years is confirmed by the recent reports of IAEA, including Iran's breaches of the nuclear agreement", he said. "Warmongers should be dismissed and the policy of maximum pressure should be set aside".

Two of Donald Trump's top lieutenants said Tuesday he is ready to meet his Iranian counterpart without preconditions after the U.S. president sacked his hawkish national security advisor, while insisting there will be no easing of pressure on Tehran. More importantly, we now know how Bolton's attempt to scuttle the de-escalation ended: one day later, Trump announced Bolton's termination. Trump withdrew the US from the accord.

"From the perspective of Iran's government, parliament and people, with the sanctions still in place, negotiations with America have no meaning", Rouhani said in a phone call with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Reuters reported.

"Americans have to realize that warmongering and warmongers are not to their benefit", Rouhani said in a televised address on Wednesday.

Slavin said that with Bolton gone, the French proposal or any other initiative to ease the effects of American sanctions may bring the Iranians to the negotiating table.

But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stressed the United States would maintain its campaign of "maximum pressure" against the Islamic republic. Pompeo has reportedly given Trump a list of people he could tap to replace Bolton, who was ousted via presidential tweet earlier this week.

France has proposed giving Iran a multi-billion dollar credit line which would shield it from some impact of U.S. sanctions, although any such deal would require the Trump administration's tacit approval.

WTI prices were jittery on Wednesday morning, rising initially, but falling back below yesterday's lows, after headlines suggesting Bolton was sacked after disagreeing with Trump's desire to ease Iran sanctions to get a meeting with Rouhani. "Iran's commitments to the nuclear deal are proportional to other parties and we will take further steps if necessary". He also reiterated that lifting USA sanctions would bring Tehran back to the negotiating table with world powers, but the post to his official website detailing the call with Macron did not elaborate on what might be up for negotiation.

Well, I think there can be no doubt that he affected Iran policy.

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".

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